Start Your Day Right!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Real Living Advantage

I started my day like I do most every day, but today seemed a little different.  As I went through my morning "ritual," I realized that I was dragging myself along and not feeling my usual "I'm glad to be alive" attitude.  I concluded my morning reading and spent some time reflecting and then begin to journal my thoughts.  Into my second paragraph I begin to see the problem.   I had written nearly a full page without one positive thing to say or found one thing for which to be thankful.  I know --- journaling is a great place to vent and to dump the junk.  So, I did! I continued to empty out the junk and make room for the good stuff.  I was thinking faster than I could write.  I was venting and raving about things that I couldn't control - things that make no difference - and things that will not bring one positive thing to my life.

I had to move from those thoughts.  I had to trade up, the good for the bad, the positive for the negative, the nonproductive for the productive.

So, here are my thoughts.

•1.       I can't help what happens to me, I can only help what happens in me.

•2.       I can only manage and change my life.  Everyone else will have to take care of themselves.

•3.       My attitude will influence everything I do, so it might as well be positive and productive.

•4.       I cannot predict what will happen today, but I can plan my day and resolve to follow my plan.

•5.       I will have productive opportunities today and it's up to me to take advantage of them.

•6.       I am accountable to God and to myself. No one to blame but me.

•7.       I am what I think.  From the Proverbs, "as a person thinks in their heart, so are they."

These thoughts changed my Monday morning blues, to, "this is the best day of my life because I have never lived it before. Today I might have the opportunity to meet people I've never met, do things I've never done, and make a positive difference in someone's life."

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Charlie Ragonesi
AllMountainRealty.com - Big Canoe, GA
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Very nice post and thanks so much for putting the time in to write it. It is very good and a great start of a week

Nov 02, 2008 11:18 PM #1
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Dean Moss
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Randy -

Every morning, when you arise, what you think first paints the picture of the whole day.  Affirmations are powerful in getting the day started right.

Sometimes it is a little tough, but very necessary.

Like your journaling idea as well - there's something about spilling your thoughts out on paper that makes them come alive, and makes all challenges manageable.

DEAN & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

Nov 02, 2008 11:21 PM #2
Rainer
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Randy great post and thank you for sharing.  What a great idea to vent in a journal get all that negativity out of you and focus on the positive.  Best wishes on the best day of your life!

Nov 02, 2008 11:23 PM #3
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Daniel Blankenship
Real Living Advantage - Dalton, GA

Great Post! You knocked it out of the park w/ this one.

Nov 03, 2008 12:40 AM #4
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Sherry Scales
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Leander, TX
Realtor, for Austin, TX and surrounding areas

I know that I drilled it into my daughter growing up...In life, you are the only one you can depend on, and life is what you make it. 

Nov 03, 2008 03:16 PM #5
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Mindy Sylvester
MVP Realty - Naples, FL
Naples Fl Real Estate

Randy,

That's right - it's a great time to be alive!  Just being alive, healthy and able to take advantage of all of life's opportunities is a wonderful gift.  

Nov 05, 2008 11:20 AM #6
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Mindy Sylvester
MVP Realty - Naples, FL
Naples Fl Real Estate

Randy,

That's right - it's a great time to be alive!  Just being alive, healthy and able to take advantage of all of life's opportunities is a wonderful gift.  

Nov 05, 2008 11:20 AM #7
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Sal Poliandro - NJ Bergen County Realtor
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What a difference waking up on the RIGHT side of the bed makes!  Never go into a day upset or disappointed.  You never know what the day will bring!

Nov 11, 2008 06:21 AM #8
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