Do I have sausage patties in my head today?
What may sound like an odd question makes more sense when you consider your first thoughts of the day are for your mind as your breakfast is for your body. When the “most important meal of the day” is fresh fruit and granola, you’re powering your body for an exciting and dynamic day. When it’s sausage patties, biscuits, and gravy, you’re setting yourself up for something entirely different. Likely to include a nap.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of the breakfast meat food group – but in moderation. And some days are perfect for those big breakfast/nap days of absolute rest. Enjoy them – but in moderation.
Blink. Blink. Open. When your first thoughts of the day are positive and supportive, you’re much more likely to live out those actions today. Waking up with, “Crap, I’m so far behind on that project” or, “I am not looking forward to that meeting today” sets your internal tone for those negative feelings to fuel negative actions.
Fruits and granola also keep us hungry for more. It’s better to go through your day a little hungry and on the tips of your toes rather than full, sluggish, and in search of a nap (or a bathroom!).
It’s amazing how positive thoughts breed positive actions … and more positive thoughts. You’re looking ahead, responding with perspective, and doing your best work. Sometimes those sluggish days can have us simply looking to get through to the end with a lot less consideration to what we achieve between now and then.
I’m not trash-talking sausage patties, but negative thoughts first thing in the morning can set a negative tone.
And I’m not saying cantaloup and blueberries will save the world, but positivity out of the gate is more likely to keep you at the head of the race.
Think about that when you wake up tomorrow. And if you wake with positive thoughts but then stop for a sausage biscuit on the way to work. Well, you’re half-way there!