1. Don’t startle yourself with your alarm. Ease into waking up so that your brain has a chance to get with the program. Find an alarm that is progressively louder as it goes instead of pummeling you with a wall of sound.
2. Think about the day ahead and rate how you think it will be from 1-10. Life coach Samantha Sutton says if it is lower than an eight, she will schedule a call with a good friend to vent about whatever is lowering her number.
3. In January, write down your intentions for the year to make it great. Then every morning that you wake up, go over them to remind yourself of what you are striving for.
4. Make a vision board about the future. It can be the short term such as a new car, or a long term such as a happy retirement or a big family vacation. Put it where you will see it every day to remind yourself why you are working so hard.
5. Eat breakfast and make it a good one. Fill up on fruits and veggies in the morning to get your day started off right.
6. Center yourself and melt away any residual tension from the day before with yoga, meditation or prayer.
7. Read a book that is intellectually stimulating. Most of us are so busy these days that people rarely stop to sit and read every now and then. It gets your brain to begin thinking for the day and sets the gears in motion.
8. Make a list of your goals for the day and then dissect them. How will you achieve them? What do you need to complete those goals? Head out of the house with a good feeling that you can get it done.