In her book, The Soul of Money, Global Activist Lynne Twist comments on a societal problem of never being enough--good enough, smart enough, certain enough: “For me, and for many of us, our first waking thought of the day is ‘I didn’t get enough sleep.’ The next one is ‘I don’t have enough time.’ Whether true or not, that thought of not enough occurs to us automatically before we even think to question or examine it.”
If this sentiment resonates with you, you’re not alone. It’s normal to be worried about the day ahead, especially if it’s going to be busy and full of pressure to complete tasks. When your feet hit the floor, ask yourself this one simple question to turn a negative thought into positive action: What am I most excited to wake up for today? Then, get up, and keep that intention on your mind. Maybe it’s an energizing activity you want to start your day with like breakfast with your kids, or going for a run. Or, maybe you’re excited to complete a big project or launch a product, and you’ll celebrate over dinner in the evening. The idea is to remember the small pleasures when we have big challenges or tasks in front of us.
If, when you try this technique, you’re still distracted by negative thoughts, use this cognitive behavioural technique, and then ask yourself the question again: picture your thoughts as items floating down the river.
Write this question down somewhere where you’ll see it: on a sticky note above your bedside table, as a reminder in your phone calendar, or in big letters on the fridge, so the question stays top of mind.
“We spend most of the hours and the days of our lives hearing, explaining, complaining, or worrying about what we don’t have enough of...Before we even sit up in bed, before our feet touch the floor, we’re already inadequate, already behind, already losing, already lacking something, adds Twist.” Find your small moments of joy, and let it guide your day up until your head hits the pillow, once again.