It’s A Beautiful Day

It's going to be a beautiful day

Photo courtesy Beatriz AG

I’ve been reading See You at the Top by Zig Ziglar. It’s an awesome motivational book and I highly recommend it. He’s an excellent story teller and uses it to help drive home the lessons. I’ll definitely be reading this book again. There’s far too much information to absorb in a single reading.

One of the tips that he recommends and the one I’m latching on to and implementing in my life is to prepare yourself to have a good day. It’s about creating a positive mental attitude to start your day and make sure you get out of the “right side of the bed”. Here is a quote from the book.

Tomorrow morning when the alarm clock goes off, reach over and shut it off. [I think that’s important.] Then, immediately sit straight up in bed, clap your hands and say, “Oh boy, it’s a great day to get out and take advantage of the opportunities the world has to offer.”

He admits that this is a little crazy, but that’s partly the point. It’s going to cause you to laugh a little at yourself, which is always a good way to put yourself in a good mood.

Now, I’ll admit I haven’t started doing that. It’s a little out of character for me. I do agree with the point however. I decided to adapt it a little to fit my own personal style. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I love music. A particular favorite of mine is Beautiful Day by U2. So what I’ve done is made use of the Mp3 capabilities of my Android phone and made that song my alarm sound. So now, when it’s time to get up, my day is started off with this song. I actually shut it off just a few measures into the song, sometimes even before the lyrics actually start. What I’ve found though is that since I know the song so well, it still implants it in my mind and I start thinking the lyrics. It really has made a difference in how I perceive the day. I’m feeling better than I have in a long time.

Try it. Adapt it to your own personal style. See if it doesn’t make a positive change in your attitude and behavior. It’s a beautiful day, don’t let it get away.