Rise and Shine

“A great attitude becomes a great mood; a great mood becomes a great day; a great day becomes a great year; a great year becomes a great life.”–Anonymous

Goals can take various forms. They could be of a physical nature—we want to make more money, own a home, get married, or have children. Or perhaps they could be more abstract and less tangible—we want to live a healthier life, deepen our spirituality, raise our children to be well-adjusted adults, or retire at an age that we can actually enjoy retirement.

What about your goals? Are they within reach? Or have you found yourself playing catch-up—the kids are growing up too fast; you don’t own your home free and clear; your doctor (and your body) is telling you to slow down; or maybe you’re close to retirement age, but not in a position to retire.

While this may be discouraging, it doesn’t mean your goals are unattainable. True, you may have to adjust your expectations, but your goals may very well be within reach if you stay positive and continue to incrementally work toward them.

It all comes down to choices. You can wake up every morning and choose to be in a good mood or a bad one; to live a healthy life or an unhealthy one; to be productive or lazy. And your choices don’t exist in a vacuum. Nearly every choice has a domino effect, no matter how seemingly small it may be. Good decisions follow good decisions, just as bad ones beget bad ones. Consider just one common experience with two different scenarios:

Example 1:
The alarm is going off.

Instead of getting up, you choose to hit the snooze. You get up late, miss your workout, run out of time for a healthy breakfast and are forced to grab something on the go instead. This results in a donut binge.
The binge is followed by a blood-sugar spike that lasts all day. By the time you get home from work, you’ve got nothing left in the tank, and you fall asleep on the couch while watching Despicable Me 3. Laundry and the other chores you had planned have to wait for another day

Example 2:
The alarm is going off. Instead of hitting the snooze, you choose to get up and exercise.

Your workout makes you more inclined to eat healthier throughout the day.

​The healthy meals, coupled with the workout, give you sustained energy and mental clarity to do the things you need to do for the day, including the laundry. This allows more time to work toward your more important goals.

The above scenarios may be extreme (or maybe not!), but the fact is that we are all free to make our own choices. So if you want to reach your goals, you have to choose to work at them. You can’t wait for ideal circumstances to come along, thinking that these will magically propel you to your end game. By making good choices—even small and seemingly insignificant ones—you can make any situation work for you.

So this month I challenge you to Nest Pretty by choosing to start early in the day, early in the week, early in the month, early in the year. Choose to make good decisions the moment you get out of bed and you will find greater success in reaching your goals.

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