Beep! Beep! Beep! Your alam is shouting at you to get out of bed. Time to start another day.
Do you wake up dreading another day or are you focused, clear headed and ready to take on the world? It all depends on what movie you’re playing in your head.
Do you have an old VHS tape playing all of your past mistakes reminding you of all of our failures and shortcoming? It is a movie about all the reasons you’r horrible at your job and why your life is never going to change?
It’s time to ditch the old lies that weigh you down! It’s time to focus on the streaming on demand movie. The one that focuses on your success, well-being and good things happening in your life. Anyone can choose to focus on the negative. We all have difficult situations we are going through. That’s a part of life. We may not be able to avoid tough situations or change our past, but we can choose how we play them in our head. I am not talking about ignoring reality or looking at everything through rose colored glasses.
Not one bit.
Scientific research has found that positive thinking can aid in stress management and even plays an important role in our overall health and well-being.
Positive thinking is not ignoring reality, it’s keeping a hopeful outlook in all situations. It’s playing a movie in our head that puts everything in perspective.
Abraham Lincoln said it like this: “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
Choose to start your day looking at the beautiful roses on the thorn bush. We can always fond something to be thankful for. My wife and I support an organization called BloodWater Mission
. They help in the fight to end the HIV/AIDS and water crises in Africa. Part of the movie I play in my head are images of those kids who are toddlers with AIDS and a lacking clean water. I am alive, healthy, strong and so are my kids. Do I have bad days…yes. Perspective is everything. Supporting BloodWater Mission keeps me focused on what’s most important, helps me to be grateful and reminds me that I’m a part of something bigger than myself.
Henry Ford said “If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” You get to choose every day when your alarm goes off what sort of day you are going to have.
So how can we go to the movies before going to work?
1. Wake up fifteen minutes early.
Give yourself time to sit, relax, reflect on the good things happening in your life instead of just rushing out the door helps to set the flow of your day.
2. Write down three things you are thankful for.
There is so much power in writing down what you are thankful for. It forces you to ignore the negative. When I do this I can actually feel my stress level go down and my mood change.
3. Write down three things you want to accomplish today.
Writing out a few things you want to accomplish gives you clarity and direction for your day.
4. Write down one way you can be a part of something bigger than yourself.
Giving of your time, talent and treasure helps to keep our life in perspective and not become so focused on what we don’t have.
5. Reframe your past.
Think about what you learned from the tough situations of your past. For me, I was molested at age 8 by a friend. That situation could have destroyed my life if I continued to play the same VHS movie over and over in my head. Instead, I reframed it and choose to focus on what I learned, how I can share my story and help other heal from similar experiences.
So tomorrow when you wake up, there is a matinee waiting to be played in your mind. Take time to watch before heading to work.
Question: What are some ways you “Go to the movies” before work? Let me know on Facebook or Twitter!