When I was growing up, my high school principal used to close the morning announcements with a quote, “Make it a great day or not, the choice is yours.” I always heard this mantra and thought it was cheesy, and in the morning, I was definitely not thinking about how I was going to make my day great.
As I got older, I realized that the attitude we choose at the start of each day truly does make a difference. If I woke up every morning and thought, “Alright, here I go again, same ol’ thing,” my day would start out with instant negativity. When I’m speaking to guests, I know that they would prefer to hear a fresh and upbeat voice rather than a reluctant and sour one. I want them to know that I am excited about their project or event, and all it takes is a little positivity. Although it’s tough, I have to wake up and say to myself, “Today is going to be a good day.”
Here are some tips on creating and maintaining a positive attitude:
Waking up early – One of the easiest ways for most people to start their day off right is to wake up earlier than normal. If we give ourselves plenty of time for a healthy breakfast and ample time to get ready, there’s no feeling of being rushed.
Exercising – While you’re up early, engaging in a little light cardio gives your body that extra kick to get it going in the morning.
Listening to positive music – On your way to work, play your favorite dance album, or anything that gets your body moving. You can also listen to podcasts of inspirational speakers for a mini pep-talk in the morning.
Make lists – It sounds daunting, but if you make a list of all the things that need to be accomplished for the week will not only get you more organized but the feeling of accomplishment after crossing a task off your list just can’t be beat.
Be thankful – Last but certainly not least, be thankful for all the things you do have. Surround yourself with the positive people in your life and appreciate them for their friendship. The very act of focusing on what you are thankful for will help you maintain your positive attitude
So get out there, start your day with an early morning workout, listen to your favorite album, check things off your list of to-dos (and actually do them) and be thankful for everything you have. Maybe my principal was right, making each day a great day is my choice.