Monday, December 14, 2015

Writers - Start the Day Off Right!

I often tell my coaching clients that the most important thing in life is that they are happy.

After all, it doesn't really matter how much money you make, how many books you write, or how many clients you have if you're miserable.

The good news is, it's probably easier to be happy than you might think.

In fact, you simply need to decide to be happy, then train yourself to be happy, no matter what.

To do this, set up little rituals that help you start the day right.

Create a gratitude journal, and every morning, first thing, list at least a dozen things you're grateful for. You may not think you'll have 12 things to be grateful for every morning, but you will. For example, if you slept well the night before and woke up feeling good, that is something to be grateful for.

Besides your gratitude journal, look for other morning rituals to help you begin your day in a happy, grateful, productive state of mind.

Take your morning coffee outside (weather permitting) and enjoy the sunrise.

Go for a walk with your pet, your spouse, or by yourself.

Something else you might start doing is making a habit of watching The Morning Nudge on youtube each morning.

The upbeat music, beautiful scenes of the sea, and the words of encouragement should help you get in the right frame of mind as you start your work day. Here's a sample Nudge to watch:



Once you train yourself to start the day in a happy state of mind, you'll probably find that your entire day goes much better and your writing seems to flow.

Try it!

Suzanne Lieurance is a fulltime freelance writer, writing coach, certified life coach, and the author of over 30 published books. Visit her website at www.suzannelieurance-author.com.

9 comments:

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

I get Suzanne's nudge each day and love it!

Shirley Corder said...

Great post, Suzanne. I haven't seen you nudge before but intend to rectify that!

Shirley Corder said...

Great post, Suzanne. I haven't seen you nudge before but intend to rectify that!

Suzanne Lieurance said...

Thanks, Carolyn. It's always nice to know that readers love The Morning Nudge! I hope you'll like the video versions of The Morning Nudge, too.

Suzanne Lieurance said...

Thanks, Shirley. I hope you'll subscribe to The Morning Nudge youtube channel and get the email version of The Morning Nudge at http://www.morningnudge.com.

Karen Cioffi said...

Suzanne, great animation! I've been getting The Morning Nudge to my inbox for years and really appreciate them. You know your stuff!

And, how cool - I didn't know TMN is on YouTube every morning!

Suzanne Lieurance said...

Thanks, Karen. Yeah, we've just recently started a Morning Nudge Channel. Every day we put up a new video.

Kathleen Moulton said...

I, too, love the Morning Nudge and will love it more on You Tube!

Suzanne, I liked how you talked about being happy. It's a choice and sometimes we get so weighed down with responsibilities that we don't think we can be happy. But if we ask the right questions and have a plan, it is within reach.

Thanks for great inspiration this morning!

Suzanne Lieurance said...

Thanks, Kathy. I'm glad you liked the video about being happy. Being happy really is a choice. And if you get in the habit of doing things and thinking about things that make you feel good, pretty soon you've made a habit of being happy. That's the choice - choosing things to focus on that lead to happiness.

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