First off, you’re not going to wake up every day feeling like a gladiator ready to ask the world if it is entertained. It just won’t happen. Life has a way of messing with your rhythm and putting you in a toxic state of mind. If you don’t start your day off with the right mind set, then you are at the mercy of the uncertainty of life. I do not profess to be a guru on how to live your life in the best way imaginable. I am just a simple recovering drug addict that has found a way to make my next 24 hours have a bit more purpose. I hate feeling stuck on a hamster wheel that is governed by things outside my control. I attempt to let go of the stuff that doesn’t matter and focus on the process that I have in place to achieve my goals for the day in front of me. I don’t worry about the day before and I refuse to stress about crap that hasn’t happened yet. All I have is today and I plan on making it the best damn day I can. Here are a few of my go to disciplines that help start my day with a Badass mind frame.
1. Be Grateful
The first thing that I do is remind myself of how grateful I am to be alive. The fact that I can breathe, walk, talk, smell, hear, and see are blessings that I am lucky enough to enjoy. I am thankful for the house I live in, the truck I drive, the job I have, the woman that hasn’t left me yet, my sobriety, and my physical health. Doing this simple thing reminds me of how precious life is and how wonderful it is to be a part of this beautiful world. I have effectively tricked my brain into being positive about the day ahead of me. I can go forward from here with a passionate outlook and the belief that good things are bound to come my way. No matter your current situation, you can find something to be grateful for. You might not have what I have and I might not have what you have, but there are things in life that we take for granted on a daily basis. Tell yourself how grateful you are for your family, your friends, your home, your relationship, your working brain, or the air you breathe. It can be anything! Put yourself in a position of positivity that can be built on like the foundation of a house. Your success starts with being happy with who you are today. The belief you can achieve your dreams starts with being happy with what you already have.
2. Spend Some Time to Yourself in Thought
Get your damn mind right. Spend three, five, or ten minutes contemplating the day in front of you. Think about what you wish to accomplish and the activities it will take to bring about your success. Focus on the tasks and not the results. If you put forth the maximum effort in the plan you have set forth, than the results will take care of themselves. I take this time to pray. I speak to the universe and ask for strength in my endeavors. I ask for the will to carry through the next objective and the ability to handle any adversity that is thrown my way. I think about the goal I have in mind and I visualize myself reaching that goal. I try to imagine the feelings I would have after achieving the impossible and revel in the awesomeness that is accomplishment. I challenge you to see your goal and imagine yourself already being at the finish line. You will intuitively focus your energy towards the tasks that will help you meet the dreams you have. Runners can endure longer races if they perceive the end to be closer than it actually is. This is the same type of mentality. Believe that your goal is right in front of you.
3. Cook Breakfast and Eat it
Cooking a good, nutritious breakfast is a very important step for me. When I skip this step, my days never turn out as great as I envisioned them. The first meal of the day jump starts your metabolism and provides you with the nourishment you need to tackle the hardships that lay ahead. You are more alert, smarter, and more energized after a morning meal. Cooking breakfast yourself also puts you in a good state of mind. It allows you to control the fuel that starts your day, gives you a chance to spend extra time with your family or test out your creativity with new ingredients. My girlfriend and I take turns cooking breakfast. We have turned it into a fun competition to see who can make the better meal. I always leave the house in a great mood after this morning ritual.
These are just some things that I try to do on a daily basis to help me have the best day possible. When I start off positive, my day inevitably ends positive. It will be difficult to start a new routine but I promise, once it becomes a habit, you will feel almost lost without your morning rituals. Play with your own method and create the morning plan that gets your brain ready for the challenges ahead. Find the routine that puts you in the best position to have a truly Badass Day.