Number one: Plan your day as if it has already taken place.
This exercise might seem a bit strange at first, but it packs a powerful punch. Instead of getting up in the morning and hoping things will turn out, imagine the actions of the day as already having taken place, as if you are watching a movie. Imagine you are finished with the day. Imagine how you feel because of the day’s events.
You can rise in the morning with enthusiasm, or you may dread the day. The first thing you can do is be thankful for your bed, for the body you are in, for your surroundings and for the people in your life. The best days start with appreciation for what you have. The second thing you can do is to plan for your day. See yourself talking to your co-workers in a happy environment of sharing. See yourself completing your tasks at work with ease and enjoyment. Imagine all sorts of good surprises for yourself. And, top it off with the thought, that all of your dreams have already come true! Imagine you are getting ready for bed tonight and enjoying the memories of the actualization of your dreams.
As I said, this may seem a bit strange at first. But don’t give up! It will bring about happier situations throughout your day as you perfect your skills. You are beginning to achieve the skill of objectivity. You are beginning to see yourself and your situations in a new light and gain power over your daily life and situations. You are in touch with your core of happiness.
Number two: Be your greatest fan
Have you ever heard yourself singing or read something you wrote long ago and been surprised that it was you singing or writing? Have you ever come across a project from work that gave you an amazing feeling that it was you who accomplished that project? If so, you have a rare opportunity to be your greatest fan.
Self-love is the beginning task for all of us. To the extent you love and admire your true self you will be able to love others … and not a speck more. Take time today to find out more about yourself and see if you can be proud to know yourself the same way you would be proud to say you know a rockstar or politician or actress or boss or anyone you admire in your life. Are you proud to know you? Are you proud to be you? That is powerful stuff.
Many people are taught to love their neighbor as themselves. They may work hard on charity events only to find themselves unhappy and in conflict with those they work with. They wonder how it is that they can be so charitable and so irritated at the same time. Of course, you know the answer. You cannot give what you do not have. Love yourself and loving others becomes a natural response.
Perhaps today you will take time to express yourself in art, writing, singing, playing an instrument or creating an audio book. Tomorrow, enjoy what you have created. Don’t worry if you have not received any feedback from anyone regarding how great you are. Take time to enjoy and admire who the person is behind the creation …. you! Allow yourself to admire yourself and you will experience happiness and peace because you will be coming in contact with all that we consider important.