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Start Your Day Right, Start Your Life Now!

I’d say the majority of us start off our days with an alarm ringing us awake. As we wipe the sleep out of our eyes and drink our morning coffee or tea, the cobwebs begin to break away and the doors of the mind open to start looking forward and planning/worrying about the day.

The reality is, the planning and worrying sometimes doesn’t wait and they dart in the moment we open our eyes. So, I’m going to suggest a simple and easy idea that could have a major impact not only how you start your day, but how the rest of the day unfolds.

Take a moment to consider what’s really important to you in this life. Is it to be a good person, to listen to the people you care about, to engage in altruism, to live with an open heart, to pay attention to your kids, to unplug from your phone at certain times during the day, to be more forgiving, to be more honest, or maybe to simply to practice being more mindful.

Fill in the 5 spaces below (in your mind) that you’d like to keep on the tip of your mind throughout the day.






Either write these down right now on a piece of paper or download a note app on your phone and put it on your home screen.

The simplicity of this practice is to spend at least 1-minute every morning taking a few deep breaths and then reviewing these 5 intentions, feeling them in your heart and mind.

This by itself would be great, but if you want to make this even better, place these minutes in the middle and end of your day as well. The end of the day could be more of a reflection looking back and see where you connected with these and where you could do better next time.

You want to make this even more effective? Gather up a few friends who are interested in aligning the way they want to be in this world with their actions and create a little group where you check in on one another giving each other ideas and encouragement throughout the way.

This may the simplest and fastest route to getting your mind and actions aligned to living the life you want to live.

As always, please share your thoughts, stories and questions below. Your interactions create a living wisdom for us all to benefit from.

Start Your Day Right, Start Your Life Now!

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is creator of the six month online program A Course in Mindful Living, author of the book Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, The Now Effect, co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Mindfulness Meditations for the Anxious Traveler: Quick Exercises to Calm Your Mind, the premier eCourse Basics of Mindfulness Meditation: A 28 Day Program, the Mindful Solutions audio series, and the Mindfulness at Work™ program currently being adopted in multiple multinational corporations. Join The Now Effect Community for free Daily Now Moments and a Weekly Newsletter. Dr. Goldstein is a clinical psychologist in private practice in West Los Angeles.

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APA Reference
Goldstein, E. (2011). Start Your Day Right, Start Your Life Now!. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 11, 2018, from


Last updated: 21 Jun 2011
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 21 Jun 2011
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