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Want to enjoy your day? You need Positive Morning Reminders

May 19, 2019
Positive Morning Reminders

What are your first thoughts when you wake up? Refreshed and ready to greet the day or do you want to stay under the covers? Your first thoughts can determine what type of day you will have. Last week, I came across an email from Marc and Angel Hack Life discussing how our thoughts can determine our day and help or hinder.

The subject of the email was one of their clients, who was recovering from a debilitating car accident. This girl should have been in low spirits however, she had decided that rather than feeling sorry for herself, she started looking at her life differently and in her words:

“I’m thinking differently about things…about how lucky I am to be alive. I thought the injuries I sustained in that accident signified the end of life as I know it, but now I realize they signify the beginning.”

It reminded me of a quote by Buddha which reminds us that each day is a new beginning.

“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”

Positive Morning Reminders

A new day a clean slate

Mornings can be the best time of day. Beautiful sunrises bringing new possibilities, hope and new beginnings. No matter what happened yesterday, today can be better. Mornings build the foundation for the type of day you will have.

You can embrace the new day or you can continue with the pattern of negativity.

It really is your choice.

Starting each day with a positive mindset isn’t always easy, especially if you aren’t a ‘morning person’ and need that first cup of coffee to get going. Life is full of issues that you need to deal with, but if you can start training your mind to be positive and open to each new day, then these issues will be easier to deal with.

What are Positive Morning Reminders?

Positive Morning Reminders are about bringing your focus onto the right thoughts at the beginning of each day, keeping them front and centre so they can help when life isn’t so easy.

It is about setting your intention for the day, being grateful and taking a few moments to reflect on the thoughts or intention that you need to remember throughout the day. For some, writing this down may reinforce the positive thoughts and you can keep them somewhere you will see them throughout the day.

Positive Morning Reminders could be found by making time to read some inspiring quotes or listen to a motivational podcast. It might be journalling for some and listing all the positives things in your life.

What I really loved about this girl was her attitude. Our attitude to life and how we live it, is the key to finding peace within the chaos. Quoting again from the email:

She has ultimately learned that peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no chaos, trouble, or hard realities to deal with—peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still remain mentally and emotionally centered.

Your challenge

This Challenge was set by Marc and Angel and is something that I will be trying to incorporate into my mornings. I hope you do too.

Spend 1 minute each morning as soon as you wake up and before you begin your day recite the following. As you read this out loud visualise your health, family, friends and home. Be grateful for each of them and focus on what you love about them and how much value they add to your life.

“Look around,
And be thankful right now.
For your health,
Your family,
Your friends,
And your home.
Nothing lasts forever.”

Repeating this each morning and really taking the time to pause and feel the gratitude is important. Too often we give ‘lip service’ to the word gratitude but it will change your life for the better.

Will you take the challenge and introduce Positive Morning Reminders into your life?

Positive Morning Reminders

What if you can’t be Positive?

I’ve written before about Mental Health Awareness and the importance of reaching out if you just feel that life is overwhelming. I am not a professional so do not provide advice or treatment for Mental Health. There is never an easy answer if you are dealing with Mental Health Issues and if you are, then you need to reach out to a professional who is trained to help you overcome your depression or other mental problems.

In Australia if you do need help then call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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  • Reply Bree May 19, 2019 at 17:45

    Gosh I needed this. Im in a bit of a slump from my holiday, being sick while away and sick when I got back. Although when I wake up I think to myself ah coffee…is it time?

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 20, 2019 at 06:29

      You sound like you have had a rough time Bree. It isn’t pleasant being sick when away from home and it is such a shame when you are on holidays. I wake and think of coffee but then I make a cup and sit in my quiet apartment watching the ocean (before hubby gets up) and it is a lovely way to start my day. I hope you are feeling better soon and I really enjoyed reading about your River Cruise. x

  • Reply Joanne Tracey May 19, 2019 at 18:34

    After a tough week in the office and another trip to Sydney week after next, I need to take some of this advice. I can feel negativity creeping into my daily thoughts and really don’t want it to put its bags down and make itself comfortable.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 20, 2019 at 06:27

      Hi Jo, I have to say I’m a little concerned about you. The Jo I know is upbeat and happy with a gorgeous smile and I’m not feeling that in your comments. Travelling for work can be so disruptive and tiring so make sure you do take time for yourself. Will the travelling be long term? It is so easy for negativity to come and stay, we all go through it. The secret is to let it know that you have no vacancies. Please take care xx

  • Reply Debbie Harris May 19, 2019 at 21:32

    I got this email too Sue and thought how good it was to think this each morning! Thanks for sharing to remind us.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 20, 2019 at 06:25

      Hi Deb, I had drawn a blank on inspiration to write a post and then received this email which was perfect to remind myself that each day is a new day with new possibilities. Have a great week,my friend. xx

      • Reply Debbie Harris May 22, 2019 at 19:33

        Isn’t it great when something inspires a post! You’ve done well 🙂 Sharing for #mlstl

  • Reply Erica/Erika May 19, 2019 at 21:35

    Hi Sue, I have been following Marc and Angel Hack Life for many years. They are part of my positive morning wake up time. I like to wake up at least an hour before the family and neighbourhood wakes up. I enjoy the total quiet except for birds chirping and whistling. I make my coffee, review lists and reflect on how thankful I am for all in my life. Especially to wake up this morning:) Erica

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 20, 2019 at 06:24

      Hi Erica, I’ve only just discovered Marc and Angel Hack Life. I had no inspiration as to what to write this week and then suddenly there was the email sitting there with the topic for my post! Like you I’m up early usually before the sun and I love the quiet time listening to the sounds of a new day. I have a coffee, plan my day and then work out. It is a lovely way to start the day, isn’t it? Have a beautiful week! xx

    • Reply Jennifer Jones May 22, 2019 at 16:10

      Hi Sue I think I’ve always been a morning person. I’m one of those fortunate people who can jump out of bed before the alarm stops ringing. I probably should take time to stop and think about the day but usually just get into it. Enjoyed reading this. #MLSTL Will be sharing

  • Reply Donna Connolly May 19, 2019 at 21:50

    Each morning we ARE born again. We decide how we will frame our attitude. And, our attitude frames our day!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 20, 2019 at 06:22

      Our attitude does frame our day, Donna. The other morning, I had to leave early and was in my car at 5am. Flat battery! I was meeting someone in Brisbane, an hour’s drive so I started getting anxious and stressed because the car wouldn’t start. I took a deep breath and remembered we have two cars so a quick dash back to the apartment to change keys, let Mike know I was taking the car he normally drives, a quick text to my friend that I may be late and off I went. All was well. I could have let the situation ruin my day but I was determined to bring some Positive Morning Reminders to mind – and they worked! xx

  • Reply Tom at Sightings May 19, 2019 at 22:43

    Good post! I’ve developed a bad back in my later years, and so now every morning I get up, make a cup of coffee, and then spend 15 -20 minutes stretching and doing some light exercises. It helps my back. But I find it also helps my attitude, getting me ready to meet the day with a brighter, more energetic approach.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 20, 2019 at 06:19

      Hi Tom! I start my day in a similar way to you. I have some solitude with a cup of coffee then a work out which makes me feel alive and so uplifted, I can’t help but feel positive and grateful. Have a fantastic day and thanks for visiting.

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl May 20, 2019 at 06:43

    Sue, this was such a positive, inspiring post to start my day today. I’ve been a bit frazzled with work and trying to fit it all in this weekend. Great start to the week right here!

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 20, 2019 at 16:57

      I’m so pleased it help to start your day well, SSG especially after your hectic weekend. Have a beautiful week. xx

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee May 20, 2019 at 07:59

    Not sure about the positive remeinders, but small positive doings help – be it exercise or grocery shopping for my elderly neighbour or some other action tends to lift my mood….

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 20, 2019 at 16:57

      I think they are one in the same really, Lyndia. Doing or thinking as long as it is positive will always start our day well. Have a great week. x

  • Reply Toni Pike May 20, 2019 at 08:02

    I love this, Sue – a wonderful idea. Toni x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 20, 2019 at 16:58

      Thank you Toni and I hope you have a beautiful week. xx

  • Reply Denyse Whelan May 20, 2019 at 10:35

    I know how I had to lift myself time and time again as I faced every cancer challenge. However, I also had a lot of help and support from my GP, my trained counsellor husband and my (then) psychologist. When I was anxious and fearful – in the years before cancer – no amount of positive affirmations was going to help me greatly. Don’t think I did not try them.

    If anyone has been on this self-discovery trip of moving from a really tough time in my life to where I am now, it’s me. I am going to add very cautiously as I mean nothing but goodwill “positive affirmations” do not help nor work (as I found) unless the underlying issues are managed with professional guidance and, for some people. there may be medication. I hear you though about choices! Yesterday after the election result I did not want…I had to decide whether to spend my day complaining or entering into a negative state or to change gears and shift to something uplifting and so I did a gratitude mandala.

    One of the secrets (not really a secret!) I now accept is that to think of and consider others more instead of self-first. It really works well. I think of those doing it tough right now, and think healing thoughts and so on. The loving kindness mantra when it is done with a shared experience of humanity is very powerful.

    Bit of an essay here Sue! But I needed to write it. Thank you for sharing your insights and teachings along with your learning today.

    Denyse x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 20, 2019 at 17:00

      Hi Denyse, I understand where you are coming from completely and yes if someone is facing difficult challenges in life, then it is pretty hard to be positive or get ‘into’ positive affirmations. However, I still believe that our attitude determines our day and even as you said, yesterday wasn’t the result you wanted, you could have sulked and ranted but you chose to do some soothing artwork. Have a lovely week and thanks for #lifethisweek

      • Reply Denyse Whelan May 22, 2019 at 14:55

        Thanks Sue for accepting my comment. I find it hard, however, to accept that people with underlying mental issues (may or may not be diagnosed) can “choose” their outlook or affect on any given day. I know for me, whilst being treated for anxiety and depression I kept “blaming” myself for NOT being able to lift myself with words and thoughts. I then had to learn much more about my inner workings (and I did) and I accepted I had some very hard work to do and eventually now, I am at the place of offering myself kindness and self-compassion.
        Denyse #MLSTL

  • Reply Leanne | May 20, 2019 at 11:41

    I LOVE Marc and Angel – their blog and FB stuff has been an immense help with getting me through this transitional stage of my life. They are so positive and good with all the “letting go” and acceptance that are vital for getting rid of the ‘poor me’ mentality that a lot of people live with. I’ve done a lot of work on my mindset Sue – on making sure I’m replacing negativity and self-doubt and overthinking with stuff that is positive and letting myself see the good qualities and the positives in having life change unexpectedly. LIfe is good and we all need to remind ourselves of that every day. xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 20, 2019 at 17:02

      Hi BBB, yes I believe you introduced me to them and I agree they have a very positive and motivating attitude to life. Not all days will be filled with rainbows and unicorns but we have to try to make the most of the life we are living and put a positive spin on it as much as we can.xx

  • Reply Pat May 21, 2019 at 05:53

    Thanks for this. I’m finding too often I’m waking up stiff and that has been putting me in a bad mind-set. I like the way some folks are talking about their morning stretching. It’s all in the mind-set isn’t it? Going to try and shift over next few weeks!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 22, 2019 at 12:53

      My pleasure and I’m sorry to hear you are waking up stiff – that isn’t a great way to start you day. Morning stretches are definitely the way to go. I used to suffer from lower back pain but since doing my stretching/yoga I rarely feel pain and am much more flexible. It only takes 5 – 10 minutes to feel the benefit so why not give it a try? xx

  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid May 21, 2019 at 13:18

    I love mornings – I’m definitely a morning person and usually hop out of bed and cannot wait to get my day started. I really believe that every day is a new beginning and after a very lucky escape in a serious car accident and two cancer diagnoses, I figure that every day I get to wake up really is a gift. And I know it’s a bit of a cliche but it’s really true, while every day might not be good, there is always something good in every day. This is such a good reminder, Sue, thank you 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 22, 2019 at 12:54

      You are an inspiration Sammie! Each day is a gift but sadly most of us don’t appreciate this unless something happens to wake us up and then sometimes it is too late. I have always been a morning person and love sitting quietly alone listening to the day begin it is such a lovely way to start my day. x

  • Reply Min @ Write of the Middle May 21, 2019 at 16:12

    I do love mornings Sue. Early mornings is actually my favourite time of day. I love watching the sun rise. I love listening to the morning bird songs. I love the feeling of a fresh new day full of possibilities. I love my morning coffee. I’m not sure what I think of at this time but I guess it could always do with a shot of positivity! Thanks Sue for linking up with #ZTT and have a wonderful week! 🙂 xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 22, 2019 at 12:55

      You have beautiful morning rituals Min and very similar to mine. Now that we are at the Coast it is lovely to wake up and walk onto the balcony to view the ocean. No matter whether it is sunshine or rain it always brings me joy. x

  • Reply Candi Randolph May 21, 2019 at 20:32

    Early, quiet morning time is something I always look forward to as part of my morning routine. I have learned from experience that starting out the day with a grateful heart, no matter what is happening, puts my head and my feet in the right direction.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 22, 2019 at 12:57

      Hi Candi I love the early morning, because my husband sleeps later than I and I have the apartment to myself. I make a coffee and watch the ocean then I work out and just feel alive. So much to be grateful for and making the time to actually ponder our gratitude is essential. Have a beautiful week. xx

  • Reply Suzanne May 22, 2019 at 07:24

    For me, it is my first cup of coffee and watching the sunrise over the harbour, and then it is usually training. Yes, there are some days when it is hard to stay positive, and when it happens, I accept it and ride it out. Glad to hear you enjoyed your day out even with an anxious start.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 22, 2019 at 13:05

      Hi Suzanne, I have a similar start to my day and it always makes me feel alive. I hope all is okay in your world especially with The Squire. Take care and thanks for stopping by to comment. x

  • Reply Johanna Castro May 22, 2019 at 07:35

    Yes, so true that every morning should be new born and we must make the most of it. We can just hurtle headlong into the day and it goes by in a whoosh, but if we take time to give thanks, be grateful and take a few quiet moments to think about what we’ll do and how lovely the new day is, I think that puts us onto the right path. #Mlstl and Pinned.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 22, 2019 at 13:06

      Hi Jo, it is tough for you at the moment with your parents not being well so it would be easy for you to just give up. Yet I still see your smiling face on social media and your inner strength shining through. Take xx

  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt May 22, 2019 at 09:17

    Love this, Sue, that each day is brand new and a way to start over and re-set! I know this fundamentally, but I could live it better! Like someone commented, I need that coffee first thing but I look forward to it and would be lost without it. I am always thankful God gives me a brand new day to enjoy our families, friends, and the gifts of the Earth! Visiting from #MLSTL and hope to be more involved now that my semester is over!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 22, 2019 at 13:08

      Hi Terri, many of us need that first coffee, I know I do. However, I use this time drinking my coffee to just reflect on life and plan my day. Then I head for a work out which always makes me feel alive after I’ve finished. Great to have you at #MLSTL and you are welcome to join us any time! xx

  • Reply Natalie May 22, 2019 at 09:18

    Thank you, Sue, for sharing this. I do approach every morning as a new opportunity and am grateful for my health, family, friends and home. I usually do light stretches, have breakfast with my coffee, and go for my outdoor walk which always makes me feel great. #MLSTL

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 22, 2019 at 13:09

      Hi Natalie, what a lovely way to start your day. Mine is similar and it really does set you up for the day. xx

  • Reply Patrick Weseman May 22, 2019 at 10:54

    So very true. I love mornings. I am always up and everything before everyone else. I get to work an hour before everyone and love the silence of it. #MLSTL

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 22, 2019 at 13:10

      It is so peaceful just being awake before everyone else, isn’t it, Patrick? Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply Michele May 22, 2019 at 12:20

    I have developed a positive morning routine and it really makes me happy and helps be start my day feeling peaceful and calm and ready to take on the day. I use the planner with focusing questions from Brendon Burchard. I love questions such as… Who needs you on your A game today? or I would know the day was a success if I did these 3 things…

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 22, 2019 at 13:12

      I’ve not heard of Brendon Burchard, Michele so I will check him out. The questions sound interesting and a great way to spark some focus and inspiration for the day.

  • Reply Jennifer Jones May 22, 2019 at 16:18

    Hi Sue I think I’m one of those lucky people who have no problem with eagerly jumping out of bed. I probably should spend s little time reflecting on the day ahead. I enjoyed reading this post #MLSTL Will be sharing

  • Reply Nancy W Dobbins May 22, 2019 at 20:31

    Hi Sue,
    Every day is a new opportunity, isn’t it? We can’t always decide how it unfolds, but we can surely decide how we handle it. And being grateful for each day is a big part of that. A reset each morning. I’m like Erica, I like to get up before Dan, make the coffee, and slowly start my day positively in the peace and quiet.

  • Reply Christie Hawkes May 22, 2019 at 22:00

    Hello Sue. Thank you for this post. I have been starting each day with a similar affirmation for a while now. Before I get out of bed even, I repeat a couple of times, “I am full of gratitude and love for another day on this earth.” It’s a way of reminding myself when the alarm goes off and I really don’t want to get up that I can look at it differently–how lucky am I to be able to get up and participate in life. I like the detail of the quote you provided, though, and may try working some of those specifics into my morning gratitude recitation. Thank you. #MLSTL

  • Reply Sam Smith May 23, 2019 at 00:37

    A lovely post Sue. I like to start my mornings with Yoga, which straight away puts me in that positive frame of mind to begin my day. I feel it wakes my body up in the most positive way and well, you know how amazing it is for the mind. I’m sure I’m more productive on the days I begin with Yoga than when I don’t. #MLSTL

  • Reply Miriam May 23, 2019 at 17:44

    Love everything about this post Sue. What an amazing attitude she has and such a positive mindset that can make such a big impact. I always try and be mindful when first waking and if anything negative creeps in (as they do) I try and switch focus and bring my thoughts back to what I’m grateful for. There’s always something! It’s a powerful way to start any day. The key is remembering to do it. Fantastic post.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 26, 2019 at 08:24

      I know, when I read the article I was reminded of how lucky I am. This girl’s attitude was very inspiring so I wanted to share it with my readers. You are right about remembering to be grateful. It is so easy to give it lip service. x

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