The questions I ask myself when I wake up
I’d like to let you in on a mental exercise that’s really helped me to get a lot more enjoyment out of my days and at the end the day to feel so much more aware and grateful for the positive things that are going, despite the challenges that might have shown up that day.
We all have things that don’t go quite as planned, and life can be frustrating/sad/overwhelming/exciting…you name it (!), but this exercise has helped me a lot and I hope it supports you too
Let me take it back and share the story with you…
I used to have two big blackboards in my old bedroom when I lived near Greenwich in London. I filled these boards with various different inspirational quotes over the years, countries I wanted to visit – it was a general inspiration board. After a day with a fantastic coach I met when I was out in the Caribbean a few years ago, I switched up the board and turned it into a reflection board to help me start and end my day in a really mindful way. The goal was to ensure I was actively aware of contributing to the lives of others in the most positive way possible.
Now I’ve moved to Menorca and I don’t have the blackboards so I’ve written these questions in a journal which I keep by my bed so I can refer to it first thing in the morning and before I go to sleep in the evening,
I’ll read the questions and spend a few minutes answering them in my head so I can start my day with intention, and not be so hard on myself at the end of the day when I haven’t finished my endless to do list!
Below are my morning wake-up questions; what I recommend you do is pick three that resonate with you the most as answering all of them will take you too long, and what will likely happen is you’ll abandon this practice very quickly. Instead, it’s designed to be an exercise that you practice daily.
Here are my AM questions:
- What am I most grateful for in my life today?
- What am I most proud of in my life today?
- Whose life will I make a difference in today? … This helps me to pay attention to the people around me and not be so caught up in my own little world.
- What am I most excited about in my life today? …It takes excitement to create excitement.
- How can I create more abundance in my life today? How can I create more abundance in someone else’s life?
- Who is most important in my life?
- Where would be the best place to invest my time and life energy today? … This keeps you from majoring in the minor things. Invest your time in the right places.
So many times we see what we are lacking rather than who we are.
In the evening, I take the opportunity to look at how significant the day was and how I influenced others. What you put into your mind in the last 45 mins of your day is critical to the success of the following day and helps you to improve your habits and the way you do things.
My evening questions which you too may like cherry pick from and ask yourself….
- How did my day go?
- What really worked today?
- What was magical in my day today?
- What could have gone better today? What specifically could I have tweaked today? Visualise doing it different tomorrow.
- What felt best for me today?
- Where did I share my talents today?
- Whose life did I make a difference in today?
- What am I most proud of for the day?
- What am I most thankful/ grateful for today?
- Who loves me and who do I love?
- What areas of my life did I grow in?
- What one thing would I do differently?
- What adjustments could I make to get better results?
- What ways could I have managed my time more effectively?
If there are any questions which particularly resonate with you then pick your top 3 from the AM and PM reflections and begin there, knowing you have a whole bank of questions to visit over the upcoming weeks and months ahead to switch it up a bit and vary your thinking.
Right, I’m off to revise and cram some last minute muscles, tendon and joint revision into my brain before my exam this morning.
Wish me luck!
All my healthy best,