What are you watching in the first 20 minutes of your day? What are you listening to in the first 20 minutes of your day? What kind of conversation are you having with yourself in the first 20 minutes of your day? Are you building yourself up or tearing yourself down? Are you setting yourself up to win or positioning yourself to lose?
It's in those waking moments that you have the opportunity to set the tone for the day... Your mind is ready and willing to recieve whatever you feed it. It's hungry, but it's also vulnerable. Take caution and be very particular about what you bring to the table for it to feast on.
Are you scrolling your Facebook Newsfeed, comparing yourself and your life to the best of everyone else's? Are you listening to the latest news, which is conjuring up more and more fear, doubt, worry, anxiety, depression? Are you thinking about the next best selfie you can post on Instagram with the #OOTD (Outfit of the Day), to see how many Likes you can get? Are you checking your email, sorting through all of the headaches and responsibilities ahead and from days past which must be caught up on? Are you complaining about what you have to do instead of being grateful for that which you get to do?
Your mind is a battleground. Protect it by being intentional with how you prepare it to begin your day, every single day. We are creatures of habit. So, develop a habit of praying. Develop a habit of listening to positive, encouraging music. Develop a habit of reading something that expands your capacity for positivity. Develop a habit of writing down what you're grateful for. Develop a habit of considering ways you can help more people. Develop a habit of asking yourself the right questions. Develop a habit of reciting empowering affirmations. Develop a habit of starting your day strong. It's no secret: good stuff in; good stuff out.
Whatever you do, take back control of how you launch into your day. The enemy is competing for your attention. So, knowing the rules of the game, do your part and set the table accordingly. Then, eat good.
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