5 Things You Need to Remind Yourself of When You Wake Up

to do list 1Each morning is a brand new opportunity. What you do today is what matters most. Today is another chance to get it right.

It’s true we don’t always love everything about our lives, but if we are honest with ourselves deep down we do love and appreciate the magic of life itself. Some part of us believes that everything and anything is possible.

Yet, what’s sad is we don’t always believe these possibilities are within our reach, even when they are. The problem is we choose to believe otherwise. We choose to believe we are incapable of living our lives the way we want to live them, at our full potential. We choose to accept our reality as others have told us it has to be.

Wake up!

We don’t have to do this to ourselves – none of us do. We have a choice. We don’t have to fall into line. Why not stir things up a bit and live by better rules?

It’s time we remind ourselves of these things every morning:

1.Today can be great, but only if you make it so. – Why do we often feel so powerless? Because we convince ourselves that we are. We wait for things to be given to us – entitlements. But in life, there are no true entitlements, and the truth is that if you want something then you need to make it happen for yourself. You need to work for it. I recall a Cosby Show episode where one of his daughters asked for money and she was asking as if she were entitled. Cosby told her “Your mother and I are rich, you are poor.” Whether or not today’s a great day doesn’t depend on the weather. It doesn’t depend on your “mood.” It doesn’t depend on anyone else. If you want to have a pleasant and productive day, then choose to have one. It’s all about your perception and what you choose to believe and do.

2.You do not need anyone’s constant approval. – The need for approval is like an addiction. If you base all your actions on the approval of others, ultimately you find yourself running in place, sacrificing your own happiness. Don’t put the key to your happiness on someone elses keychain. Learn how to say “no” to people and obligations that do not add value to your life. Your time on this planet is precious. Once someone asked me if I had plans for the weekend. I replied “Yes, I plan to do whatever it is I want to do.” Sometimes we get so wrapped up in seeking others approval, that we do things we really don’t feel like doing, but do it for the approval of others. There’s a saying that “What you do today is important, because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.” Don’t wait around for someone else to give you permission to live YOUR life.

3.Bullies and energy vampires are not worth worrying about. – We sometimes allow the wrong people to take up too much space in our heads and hearts. We meet energy vampires and bullies regularly – especially when we live in a big city or work in a large, cutthroat corporate environment. Nothing is more irritating than to be on your job having someone constantly stirring things up among others. Just let people come in do their jobs and all will be happy. People are already stressed out and worried about the future and to have someone constantly stirring the pot really doesn’t help matters. These types of energy snatchers for some reason can’t seem to see the forest because of all the trees. They are not focusing on the details. These individuals will try to get to you – they will try to influence you and become a part of your life maybe because they find their own life to be mundane, or they are trying to prove something to others. Whatever the case may be, don’t let them get to you.

4.The fact that you haven’t given up is a success in itself. – It may give you little comfort to think about how you’re still waist deep in the struggle, but the truth is you are one of the strong people with the guts to keep at it. Many people give up before they even begin, but not you. No, you wake up every day and get things done. You crawl inch by inch against the current because you refuse to give up. You refuse to accept mediocrity. You refuse to listen to others when they tell you that you’re not good enough. You’re still in it, fighting the good fight.

5.Good things in life end too soon when they aren’t appreciated. – Our minds tend to consider the possibility that the grass on the other side is greener. But we need to mindfully remind ourselves that life isn’t about constantly upgrading things. To live a happy, fulfilling life we have to learn to appreciate and love what we have. If you fall in love then do your sincere best to nurture your love. Don’t wait for things to end before you start appreciating them.

Time to Wake up!


  1. Always love your encouraging posts, Cheryl. That’s why I’ve nominated you for the lovely blog award! http://versusblurb.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/one-lovely-blog/
    PS I’m sorry it took me so long to let you know. Am very, very sorry about my disorganised state.

    • Aww! How sweet are you. I appreciate just the fact that you read my blog! 🙂 I accept the award. What an honor coming from you. I feel like we are old friends. 🙂

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