60 Seconds to a Better Day

Author Recent Posts Nicole BegleyNicole Begley, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, is a zoological animal trainer turned pet photographer and educator. She created Hair of the Dog in 2012 to empower pet photographers to turn their dreams into reality by helping them improve their craft and grow their pet photography business.Nicole has authored a book “Pet and Equine […]

Written By Nicole Begley

On December 20, 2018

I know that you’ve had the days in which everything seems to be going wrong.  You get up late, the cat pukes on the carpet (or on your bed), you can’t find a parking spot, you get to work and forget your lunch, and your boss drops a crazy project on your lap 10 minutes before it’s time to go home…

We’ve all had them.  The days when one annoying thing leads to another and leads to yet another.  What if there was a simple way to avoid days like this?  Or at least short circuit them before they get out of control.

The truth is that the energy we hold onto is the energy that is attracted into our life. If we are convinced today is going to suck – our brains are going to be looking for evidence that supports that theory.  We will literally see the clouds over EVERYTHING.  

While we can’t make ourselves immune to a bad day – there is one simple thing that we can do to help ensure that those days are few and far between – in the first 60 seconds of your day.

Tell the truth…how often do you wake up and the FIRST thing you say to yourself is – 

“I’m tired.”
“I didn’t get enough sleep.”
“I’m so exhausted.”

When you say something like that to yourself, you are starting your day from an immediate place of scarcity and lack.  Your first thoughts often set the stage for your ENTIRE DAY!

I have a challenge for the next 7 days.  I challenge you to wake up and stretch in your bed and notice how comfortable you are – notice how warm you are….and then be THANKFUL for a restful restorative sleep on such a fine bed. 

Next, it’s time to get up.  Instead of “I have to…”, reframe it to “I get to…”.

Find the positive – for there is always a positive.  Even if you don’t like your job, are you thankful that you get to see your coworkers?  Are you thankful that you have health insurance?  Are you thankful for the security of a steady paycheck while you build your business? 

Even if you do love your job, it’s easy to get sucked into focusing on the parts that you don’t love.  When you find yourself feeling down or starting to complain.  STOP.  Train yourself to find the positive in the situation and be thankful for that positive.  

Focus on the good…and watch it expand.  Now that is a great way to start the new year!

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Nicole Begley

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  1. Phil

    sounds great !

  2. Christiane

    This is so true! Thank you for reminding all of us to be more thankful for what we have. 🙂

    A thought that fits to your post:
    “If we do not feel grateful for what we already have, what makes us think we’d be happy with more”

    Greetings and thank you for this post. 🙂

  3. Salome Nourse

    “I get to go to the gym over lunch!” Maybe that’ll change my mindset about exercise too 🙂


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