Most of us live our work lives in a very urgent, very hurried, very overwhelming state. Right when we wake up, we think two toxic thoughts, “I didn’t get enough sleep. I don’t have enough time.” So before we even get out of bed, before we pull the covers off of ourselves, before we put our feet on the floor, we already feel behind. This thinking makes us feel like we are already losing the day.
Then, we rush into work and we are laser focused on what we have to get done, what we need to finish. We are under major deadlines and people are relying on us! This puts us in a very weak mental state. We go into work and are hit in the face with never ending to do lists. We only have a certain number of hours in the day and it is fewer than what we need to get done what we have to get done. And then there is the pressure. OMG, the pressure! It builds and it builds and it builds…there is a huge pressure put on us to finish the work…on time and under budget.
Phew. It is soooo much to deal with! Some of us get so overwhelmed that we don’t know where to start. So, instead, we don’t start at all! We procrastinate, we shut down, we want to close our laptops and crawl back into bed.
We just try to get through the day.
But what if we decided to take a different approach? What if, instead of trying to get through the day, we tried to get FROM the day? What about facing each day thinking of the things that we want to do, that we want to discover, that we want to experience?
What if instead, when we wake up in the morning, we say to ourselves, " I got enough sleep, and I have enough time.” This puts us in a state of having enough. Enough clothes. Enough food. Enough creative ideas to find a solution. Going into life with the mindset of getting from the day will leave us energized, excited, and eager. It swings the power toward us. We get to decide what to focus on. We get to decide what we want from the day.
The mental shift is subtle, but it is effective. When we think about what to get from the day, we focus on the things we want to enjoy from the day. From OUR day.
In the comments below, tell me…what are the things you are going to get from your day…today?