We have a choice every minute of every day about how we experience the day. I am not suggesting, however, that most people exercise that choice. In fact, most people don’t consciously choose. Most people start the day on auto-pilot and allow their circumstances to dictate their attitude.
One of the most popular questions I get when doing a Leadership Training Session is “how can I deal with negativity?”. My response may surprise you. Each day we will face negativity at some level. This post will help remind you that no one can choose your attitude but you.
Let me give you an example. When I was a practicing attorney, I developed a very bad habit. I used to always set my alarm clock early so that I could hit the snooze button. When the alarm would go off, my first waking thought was “oh no, not yet”. Not a very powerful way to set my mind to face my day.
After years of learning about the power of mindset, I chose to create a new habit that has completely altered my disposition. I decided to start my day differently.
I still set my alarm clock five minutes early and hit the snooze button, but rather than dreading my day, my alarm is now my signal to go to gratitude. I think of all the things that I am grateful for in my world. I think of all the things I am grateful for from the day before and all that I will get to experience that day. I will live my day in my mind in a state of gratitude before I actually live my day. I call it the “gratitude snooze”.
It isn’t a rote routine, but rather a daily inventory of those things that make my life great. My day feels a lot different when I start with the gratitude snooze. Here is my challenge for you: try it for 30 days. Then pay attention. The late Wayne Dyer said, “when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Success begins with your attitude. Don’t let anyone else dictate that attitude for you.