How often have you given yourself a moment of silence to ask “Okay, how am I feeling?” before that big meeting? Before that product launch? – A LOT
Why? Because that meeting, that product really matters to us. It’s going to help us succeed and achieve our big goals.
But, the bigger question to ask is this, “Why do we forget to do this each and every day?”Isn’t each day important? Isn’t each day a step towards achieving that big goal? So why don’t we do it? — We are busy. Period. We just don’t have the time to pay attention to each and every small tiny event that happens in our life.
It’s true, however, not a very good strategy if you want to succeed in your life.
Success is not a big gold apple to be consumed toward the end, it’s a process. It’s a lot of hard-work, failure, emotions, adventure, patience, love – success is all this combined.
To reach there we’ve got to start with ourselves. Keep ourselves mindful, peaceful, give our brain that capacity to deal with almost anything and achieve success almost every day.
So, how do we do that?
All you’ve got to do is ask yourself – 3 important questions, every day, as soon as you wake up, and then get on with your day.
How do I feel this morning? – For e.g., I feel happy or I feel really worried
How do I want to feel the entire day? – For e.g., I want to feel happy or energetic throughout the day
How do I want to feel as I end my day? – For e.g., I want to end my day feeling peaceful or feeling successful.
Don’t belittle this ritual as a simple meditation fluff and dismiss it. Researchers say, that when we literally name the feeling, we are a step closer towards understanding ourselves, our goals, our problems.
As Dr. Daniel Siegal rightly said, “Name it, to tame it”.
When we feel a strong emotional or overwhelmed our brain starts pumping stress hormones to our body which brings us to a high-pressured situation, our muscles tense up and we start taking the flight or the fight response. When we name what we feel our brain immediately calms down, sending soothe signals. This gives your brain time to catch up on immediate response and organize your reaction.
Whether you’re a morning person or a night person, no matter, as soon as you start your day as yourself these 3 questions and be in-line with your emotions and your dreams.
This little ritual is most helpful if you’re someone who gets too emotional too easily, scared, suffer from a lot of anxiety or going through a phase of crisis.
To help you get started I've created a Journal prompt which can be easily printed.
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