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The Commitment to Wake Up: A Morning Exercise


I have a simple practice that has changed my life. Years ago
a made a commitment that I would never get out of bed in the morning without
being sure that when my feet hit the floor my attitude and intentions were
aligned for the day.

Yes, I still often wake up and think “oh it is too early” or
“I wish I had the day off” or maybe even some worry is cropping up. But that is
not the last thought I have before I get out of bed – instead, I consciously,
intentionally, stop myself and shift my focus to what I am grateful for. I say
a little prayer. If you don’t like to pray you could do a little deep breathing
or select an affirmation.

Imagine that the thoughts you hold when your feet hit the
ground will set the tone for your day. It will change your morning and
eventually your life.

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posted June 16, 2010 at 11:54 am

This is what I need to think about today. And every other day. Too often I let the negative hit me before I even make it out of bed, and it darkens the whole day.

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Ute Lawrence

posted June 16, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Wonderful article Jonathan! Cheers, Ute

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Jonathan Ellerby

posted June 17, 2010 at 10:14 pm

It is amazing what a small shift in attitude can do for your day–for your life. Just imagine what could happen if everyone started their day in the right frame of mind!

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Jonathan Ellerby

posted June 17, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Thank you, Ute!

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posted June 20, 2010 at 9:35 am

i have started a similar practice not too long ago and it has definitely made a positive impact as my day unfolds. what a wonderful reminder from you that we should all adopt an attitude of gratitute and we’ll soon learn that a single affirmation can make all the difference~

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posted August 17, 2010 at 8:44 am

Well I definitely agree that it does sometimes take conscience effort to have the “right” attitude or mindset when you get up in the morning. Some mornings this will be easier to do than others however.

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posted June 24, 2011 at 12:17 pm

What if you wake up and you really have to go the bathroom and you can’t think of anything else?

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posted September 14, 2011 at 1:39 am

ya absolutely true….its the first thought in d mrnin thay makes d platform for the whole day….loved it….

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