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100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 9. Create And Keep A Morning Phrase

100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 9. Create And Keep A Morning Phrase

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Whatever you say to yourself in the morning, it will most likely come true during the day. Why not taking advantage of it? Create a simple morning phrase and say it to yourself first thing in the morning. It’s that simple.

But there?s a trick here: you have to make your phrase realistic, empowering and easy to remember. If you just set yourself up to unrealistic things in the morning, the day will follow. A morning phrase should be practical and plausible.

It should also be simple enough to recall at any given time during the day. Try make it the first thing you read in the morning, until you learn it by heart. Then pick another one and then another one.

A morning phrase will actually make you write the story of your life, word by word. 

How To Make A Morning Phrase

There is a certain feeling of embarrassment when it comes to saying things out loud to yourself. I totally understand that. Especially when you do this first thing in the morning. It feels awkward.

But it’s effective.

You know, I’m not a big fan of affirmations. I’m very aware about the fact that there’s an entire “industry” out there thriving on positive affirmations, but I’m not a fan of it.

But I’m also not a fan of electricity. Or a fan of the air that I’m breathing.

Yet, I use them. I’m not excited about electricity or about the air I’m breathing, but I used them practically all the time.

Same thing with affirmations. They just work. We have a mind wired in such a way that, eventually, whatever you say to yourself will become true.

So, how to make a morning phrase? Start every evening with just three things you want to accomplish tomorrow. Just three. Doesn’t matter if they’re business related or family related, if they’re spreading across many days or just for a few hours. Imagine three things you absolutely want to do, somehow, tomorrow. Then combine them.

Here’s an example: suppose tomorrow I want to have a business meeting, to see my daughter and, before, all of these, to run in the morning. A morning phrase could be: “I’m going to have a great run, enjoy time with my daughter and solve that business thing.”. That’s it. Then I’ll just put it as a label to my morning alarm, on my smartphone. If you’re not using smartphone, put it near the alarm clock, somewhere where you can’t miss it.

The first thing I’ll see next morning will be that phrase. Can’t miss it. I will be forced to see it. I may have thoughts about it, I may feel in a certain way about it, but I will not miss it. It will be impregnated in my my brain for the entire day.

If you really want to go overboard with this, set 3 alarms during the day with the same text. Again, in order to shut off the alarm, you’ll see the text again.

Don’t underestimate this. A silly, almost dumb thing like this can have a huge impact on your day.

Try it for a few weeks and see how you feel.

further reading

33 Ways To Start Your Day

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The spooky thing about depression is that it sneaks in. There aren’t really trumpets and loud voices announcing: “Hail, hail, this is depression entering the room, all rise!” Nope. It’s slow, silent, creepy. It doesn’t even look like depression. It starts with small isolation thoughts like: “Maybe I shouldn’t get out today, I just don’t feel like going out”. And then it does the same next day. And then the day after that and so on. And then it starts to whisper louder and louder in your ears: “Why would you go outside, you loser? Didn’t have enough yet? Want more people to make fun of how much of a big, fat loser you are?”

And then you start to breath in guilt and shame, instead of air. Every breathe you take is putting more dark thoughts into your body.

Until you get stuck. You can’t move anymore. At all.

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