Be very careful how you start your morning. You are planting the seeds for what the day will hold. If you get up late, grab a cup of bad coffee and a Twinkie, rush to work fuming at the idiots in traffic, and drop down exhausted at your desk at 8:10, you have set the tone for your day. Everything will seem like pressure and your best efforts will be greatly diluted.
The importance of planting wholesome, life-enriching thoughts in our minds in that first hour of the day cannot be overemphasized. I never read the paper first thing in the morning, no matter how important it may seem to know the news. The news is filled with rape, murder, pestilence, and heartache, and that is not the input I want in my brain. Later in the day, I can scan the news for anything related to my areas of interest and quickly sort through what I need. But I carefully protect that first hour of the day, making sure that all input is positive, clean, pure, creative and inspirational.
These vignettes originally appeared in the 48 Days newsletter. What we now call the “48 Days Ezine” began with 67 names and to date has grown to over 75,000 people who want to start their week with hope and positive inspiration that can bring out their very most productive and fulfilling potential in the workplace.
I am confident the vignettes, the quotations, the related Biblical references and the application to your own life will enrich your daily walk as well. Enjoy the process as you laugh, cry and learn from the life principles relayed in these stories.
And remember this important thought, “The first hour is the rudder of the day.”
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