Besides a cup of coffee and a short breakfast (hopefully), what else do you do before you start your day? What do you do before you really are awake and moving like normal?
For most people, their morning routine revolves around rushing around the house as quickly as they can, preparing their clothes, their bodies and their loved ones however they can. Rarely does someone actually take the time to sit down, enjoy some coffee, relax and prepare for what they are about to face. And life LOVES to throw it at you. Deadlines, discouragements, frustrated people, customers, kids… you name it. We live our lives oftentimes reacting to the events that surround us. So how can you be proactive to the events in your life? By Setting your Foundation!
What do I mean, “Setting your Foundation”?
Setting your foundation is simply done by creating“truth statements” that you want to live by and reminding yourself of these before you start your day. These statements may be actual truths, faith based statements, or goals that you may have set. For example, I am continuing to focus on my health and losing weight, therefore a “truth statement” of mine is: I will reach my fitness goal by staying true to my nutrition plan and maintaining an active lifestyle.
So what does this do for me? It sets the foundation for my thinking for the day. When I make choices on what to eat, or when my normal workout schedule is interrupted, I can act proactively to these events by having a foundation for this part of my life. Already, I have narrowed my possible outcomes by focusing on my goal. I know what I need and must do to achieve this goal, so my choice is easy and normally the correct choice is my first thought.
Another example of a “truth statement” that really helps to guide my daily spiritual life is: No matter what I face today, I know that God is for me and nothing can separate me from Him. What a strong statement to make in the morning that helps to solidify my actions throughout the day! Relying on this truth provides the basis for me to overcome many of the struggles and stresses that life throws at me. As a Christian, I know that God is for me and won’t let me down. I can face what life throws at me each day due to this truth.
So my suggestion? Write down 3-5 “truth statements” for yourself. Stick them somewhere you’ll see every day. The mirror in the bathroom, your nightstand, next to the coffee pot… just somewhere you’ll be reminded of these truths. Next, simply make sure you read them and remind yourself of them every morning. This will provide you with the foundation to react to the events of life with significantly better attitudes and decisiveness, helping you to be proactive in facing the struggles of life.
Please feel free to leave some of your “Truth Statements” in the comments!