“If you have zest and enthusiasm you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind.”
~ Norman Vincent Peale
Do you moan and grunt as you drag yourself out of bed? OR, do you joyfully get out of bed excited about the day ahead?
Too many people open their eyes and bitch and complain before they even get out of bed. Moaning and groaning as they force themselves up and into their morning routine.
What kind of day do you think you will have when we get out of bed in such a regretful way?
How you wake up is a good indication of how satisfied you are with your life.
Let’s redesign this daily habit in order to help you be more joyful in the morning and live a more joyful life.
First, let’s take a look at why you get out of bed. The wrong answer is to go to work and make money. If this is your answer, you need to think bigger — a lot bigger.
Why do you get out of bed? What is the purpose for your life? Why are you alive?
If you’ve never asked these questions, you should start. If you use to ask them, but don’t anymore, than start asking them again. The people who are the most successful and who deliver the most service to the world, have the habit of asking these questions regularly and sometimes daily.
“I have a great deal of company in the house, especially in the morning when nobody calls.”
Henry David Thoreau
Once you have a vision worth living for, you’ll have no problem waking up in the morning. (Read: How to Find Your Life’s Purpose)
Once you figure out your WHY, start putting together your HOW. How do you wake up in the morning. Here are some tips to help you get going in the morning:
Well, there are several reasons to create and live in a high energy house.
Living in a low energy house is like eating fast
food for every meal. You see, function in, and
live in this house everyday. On a very subtle, but powerful level, it is shaping how you think, how
you view the world, and how you operate in the world.
This is a fundamental concept behind Feng Shui. Your environment helps shape your beliefs and who you are. When you leave your house, you take with you the experiences of your home. So you want your home to fuel you and give you energy, and not take energy away from you.
I am a self-proclaimed messy person. But this year, I realized all of the visualizing and meditating would do nothing for me if my house was in disarray. So I began organizing like crazy and it has helped tremendously. It saves me time and frustration. Especially with a 7 month old. I need to know how to locate things quickly and efficiently because I don’t have the time to waste.
Here are three really simple things you can do to ensure the environment within your home is supporting you and fueling you rather than exhausting and stressing you out.
This sounds simple enough, but it’s amazing how many people struggle to find their shoes, keys, purse, or cell phone before heading out the door. I speak from personal experience. Once I couldn’t find my keys (again) so I timed myself to see how long it would take to find my keys. It took me 15 minutes to find them. This same morning
I complained that I wish I had more time to eat breakfast in the morning. Well, there was my extra time right there. I was wasting it looking for things that should be organized so that I don’t even have to think about “where is it?”
I need my keys everyday when I leave the house so why not develop a system that helps me put them down in one, consistent place when I enter the house. This would help me always know where my keys are when it’s time to leave.
That evening when I came home, I drilled a key hook (purchased from target) by the front door, and now, no matter what, I put my keys there every time I come in the house.
Set up a system for everything you need to do to get ready and out the house in the morning. Tomorrow morning as you’re going through your routine, ask yourself, “Is there a better way to do this?” We have 112 waking hours a week. This should be more than enough time to enjoy our lives. Most of us don’t need “more time in the day.” We need to better organize the abundance of time that we have.
So avoid being frustrated before you leave the house by arranging your things in an orderly manner. Order brings peace. Instead of wasting time thinking about “where are my shoes?” You could be thinking about how to best serve your customers today, or thinking of that next brilliant blog post you could write, and speaking affirmations about how great your day is going to be. You could be having a better conversation with your spouse or children besides, “hurry up!” You could smile and leave your house with peace of mind instead of irritation, and allow that peace to fill the rest of your day.
How is your house decorated? What adorns your walls? So many people buy furniture and decorations for their
house based on the houses they grew up in. Look around. Does your home reflect you? Or are you just recreating your childhood home?
Our homes should be a reflection of who we are and who we want to be. If you want to accomplish something, then there should be a place in your home that inspires you toward this goal. Saying affirmations and visualizing are great tools for manifesting your desired life, but everything in your home are things you see and interact with everyday. This is where you start to build your world.
What inspires you? It should be in your home. Pictures, photos, inspirational words and quotes should adorn your walls. What speaks to you? What makes you feel alive? Do you love the color orange? Paint it on your wall. Do you like green butterflies, get a painting of pink butterflies and put it in your hallway. Your home should FEEL GOOD. Every time you’re there, it should feel like your home is giving you a great big hug.
Don’t put things in your home because you should or you’re suppose to. Put things in your home that speak to your soul, and you will become more alive at home. And guess what? This gives you the energy, courage, and tenacity to become more alive in the world. That’s what most people want. We say we want money, love, passion, or a new career, but what we really want is to feel alive. We say we want these other things because on some level, we believe these things will make us feel alive.
So take a look at your home and slowly start putting things in your home that inspire you. This seems trivial, but it will make a huge difference in your life. It will empower you in the most wonderful ways.
This is so important. Keeping things in your home that no longer inspire you and that you no longer use always reflects itself in your thinking. If your mind is constantly rambling on and on, consider clearing up your space. Get rid of idle things that just take up space and waste your energy, and you will go a long way in clearing your mind of idle thoughts.
Have a day where the whole family goes through the closets, drawers, garage and clears the space. If you haven’t used in in a year, get rid of it. If it’s something you need and you happen to only use it in the summer time, put it away. The spaces that you see everyday should have items in them that you use everyday. The things further away from your eyesight are the things that you use less often. This is a very powerful way to organize your home.
By only keeping things in your space that you want and need, you train yourself to only have things in your life that support you. You can reach higher, better, and more amazing new heights when you learn to surround yourself with the beliefs, ideas, things, and people that support you, life you up, and inspire you.
If you’re holding on to gifts that a long time friend or family gave you, but you don’t like it, use it, or need it, get rid of it. Hold it in your hand, say a prayer of gratitude, “thank you,” feel the feelings of gratitude, total bliss, and allow this item to move on to someone who truly needs it. Release it to a better home. Stop being nice and learn to be kind to yourself and others. Let things go when they no longer serve you. The only reason something should be in your home is if it serves you. This is the only reason — no exceptions.
When you clear up your space and learn to organize it based on your needs and wants, you will gain so much more energy in the day. This is not a selfish idea, because as you surround yourself with things that better serve you, you’ll free up the energy you need to truly serve others on much deeper levels. (READ: Use, Sell It, or Give It Away)
My Last Thoughts
Don’t take your space for granting. It’s not storage. Your home is where YOU LIVE. It should be full of inspiration and life, passion and ambition, support and peace. So get to cleaning.
There are as many ways to reduce stress as there are things that make us stressed. Many times, living a stress free life is as simple as dedicating our time to those things that bring us joy, pleasure, and fulfillment.
Look at this list…do one thing or do them all. Some activities may speak to you and some may not. Read with an open heart and a curious mind. Then do something!
The sooner you get started, the more enjoyable your life will become.