It’s early Monday morning. 

You are sound asleep. “Dead to the world,” we sometimes say. But not for long.

Before you went to sleep last night, you knew it would happen. The truth be told, you brought this on yourself.

The moment has been in the back of your mind all weekend. Just the thought of it made you a little uneasy. Now, in an instant, you are under attack.

It takes a moment to gather your wits, and then you face the horrid reality. “That’s my alarm clock!”

What happens in the next few minutes would seem to set the tone for how well you navigate through the day.

Some of us hit the ground running and never look back at the bed. Others of us are like a friend who used to say, “I have to fight the battle of mind over mattress just to go vertical.”

What about you? How do you feel about the day as it begins?

The first few minutes of the day seem to set the tone for our approach to life’s opportunities and challenges. But if we back up a few hours, we find where our energy and attitude are determined.  

Picture it this way: You start your day the night before it begins.

That is when you can decide your attitude as you meet the coming dawn and all that follows. That is when you can determine if you will arise full of hope and set out to make a positive difference. It is also the time when you may cringe in dread of all the challenges you will face.

This choice is valid psychologically, neurologically, spiritually, and practically.

Peak performing athletes mentally rehearse the upcoming game repeatedly in their minds. They picture and feel themselves scoring the touchdown, making the three-point shot, hitting a hole in one, etc.

To put a rock-solid truth into everyday language, they see themselves winning.

Many factors go into how you feel and how much energy you bring into the new day. 

They range from your overall physical condition to your level of emotional stress, even your dreams. But the core driver of your first mental state in the morning is your last mental state as you go to sleep the night before.

As one of my favorite profs used to love to remind students, “You are what you think, more than you think.” After a pause, he would add, “Think about that!”

Tonight, how will you imagine what the day will be like tomorrow? How will you see yourself? Will you picture yourself overcoming or being overcome?

Those thoughts will help shape who you are and what you do after you wake up tomorrow morning. As my prof would say, “Think about that!”

Be safe and courageous,


(from Between the Two Horizons)

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