How you mentally start your day is as important as what you eat, your self-care practices and how you show up in the world. In fact, when you start your day feeling stressed out and scattered, you’re more likely attract unwanted chaos in your life. Before you know it, you’re anxious about the news, you’ve argued with your spouse, cut someone off in traffic and sent a regrettable email to a coworker—all before 9 a.m.!
…Or is that just me?
But when you ground your day in a positive and powerful way, everything flows with ease. You feel happier and are a heck of a lot more productive, without creating any energetic shrapnel!
The more I live this way, the better I feel—and I want that for you, too. So, today I’m sharing the system I designed to create a joyful life you love.
This method was born out of my own journaling practice, one that I’ve fine-tuned over decades. It’s called the Success Mindset Practice and I believe it’s been my key to success (and happiness)—both personally and professionally.
As you know, your beliefs and emotions have the power to transform your life. When you’re in a positive state of mind, elevating your energy and directing it towards your highest potential, you’re more likely to achieve your desires (success!).
You proactively shape your days to align with how you want to feel and who you want to be. From this space, your intuition flows freely, decisions are easier to make and healthy relationships are more likely to flourish. But it doesn’t stop there, the better you feel, the more joy and abundance you attract and create in your life. It’s a powerful energetic cycle.
The Practice That’s Been My Key to Success in Life, Business, Love and Everything in Between!
In order to experience this positive flow that shapes your life, I’ve found that it’s essential to focus on four areas every day: your feelings, gratitude, intention and affirmations. These areas make up the Success Mindset Practice.
First, let’s step through each of them so you understand their importance on a deeper level. Then, we’ll dive into how you can implement this practice and turn it into your own key to success in life.
1. Touch base with your true feelings.
While I’m often excited to dig into the day, I’m a much better leader, wife, friend, patient, speaker, teacher, etc. when I connect with myself first. By simply taking a few minutes to journal about how I’m honestly feeling, I tap into my heart. I also clear any negative air, if needed. From that space, I can direct my energy wherever it needs to go.
When I don’t take time to connect, I’m often scattered, irritated and just off-center… which means I’m more likely to overextend myself and lose touch with my inner joy and wisdom. Once that happens, I’m already in energy deficit and struggling in recovery mode. Sound familiar?
Connecting with your feelings first not only allows you to find refuge in your own company, it helps you tend to your inner life so you can polish your energy and in turn, lead with confidence. You’re less likely to second guess yourself and more likely to trust your gut wisdom. You’re also better equipped to delegate or help someone troubleshoot their own issues, rather than taking them on yourself. If you’re a people pleaser like me (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing), that means that you can stop being the manager of the universe and start putting your own oxygen mask on first!
2. Practice gratitude for what’s already amazing in your precious life.
There are so many things I want to do in my life—experiences I want to have, successes I want to celebrate with fine organic champagne, love I want to share and worries I want to release. But when I just focus on my wants, without acknowledging the abundance I’m already so graced with, my cup looks pretty dinky rather than full—aka deficit mode.
Gratitude offers a life-altering (and sobering!) perspective. It helps you relish in what’s already so good and delicious in your life. Plus, the more you count your blessings (small, big and everything in-between), the more blessings you receive. And let’s not forget the many health benefits associated with stress and anxiety reduction, which often come along with appreciation! Your doctor will be very pleased.
3. Channel your intentions and see yourself leading from your power source.
Thank you, Oprah, for teaching us about the power of intention many moons ago. I remember how empowering it felt to realize that I don’t have to get tossed around on the sea of life (and neither do you!).
Whether we’re aware of it or not, intentions are the conscious and unconscious motivations behind your every action (and the outcomes they create—good and stinky).
Each and every day, you have the ability to channel your energy towards the joyful life you desire.
As one of my favorite spiritual teachers, Gary Zukav says, “You create your reality with intentions.” That means that your intentions shape the energy that flows from and to you. With that in mind, it’s important to set intentions that reflect the results you want to experience and serve the highest good for all.