Oftentimes, I use a quote to springboard the development of my articles.  I, then, typically delete those quotes as they are really just my inspiration.  But, someone sent me a text today that contained a quote that really hit me.

Today’s a new day.  It’s your day.  You shape it.  Don’t let it be shaped by someone else’s ignorance or fear.”~Steve Maraboli

The person who sent this to me knows that I had a very difficult day yesterday.  And, I know, difficulty is relative.  My difficult day is a dream come true for many.  I wasn’t carrying a weapon and wearing fatigues in the middle of Afghanistan.  I wasn’t curling up under an overpass with a tattered blanket wondering if I was going to eat last night.  I wasn’t a surgeon who lost a patient on the operating table.  So, really, compared to the day many people had, it was a pretty easy day.  To me, it was a rough day.  I came home with complete and utter brain exhaustion.  You know the feeling when you have a long day and come home, open your refrigerator, and you…stare.  You stare at the great abyss that is your fridge and forget what the hell you are supposed to do next.  That was me last night.  I had an almost 5 hour meeting.  5 hours.  I don’t even know how we come up with enough to talk about for 5 hours.  I left that meeting and drove to my next which was a 3 hour meeting.  My brain literally was exhausted.  Outside forces dictated my entire day.  I allowed myself to be impacted by others yesterday.

So, when this quote came in today, I spent some moments thinking about the words and some quiet, mindful time getting my emotions and mind in the right place before I start my day.  It seems like a simple, motivational quote, but let’s break it down.

Today is a new day.  Every day is a new day.  Letting the stressors from the day before go and start the next day fresh is critical to maintaining a healthy mindset.  We cannot start our day with a new perspective if we are still holding onto yesterday.  So, after a long day, do what you need to do to detach from the events of the day.  Only you can determine what will allow you to do that.  For me, I enjoy engaging in some physical activity (running, biking, hiking), consuming a good meal and maybe even a glass of wine while spending time with my family.  What works for you?

It’s your day.  Truly, the day is yours.  You start each morning with a blank page.  It’s blank because you erased everything from yesterday.  So what will you do for you today?  What will you do to drive your day?

You shape it.   Don’t let it be shaped by someone else’s ignorance or fear. (Okay, I cheated and combined the last two!)  You are responsible for shaping your day.  Your choices are your own.  Some people live in fear of shaping their life.  If they allow someone else to dictate their direction, then they aren’t responsible for the failure.  The downside of that is that they are also not responsible for their success!  Don’t allow anyone else’s fear or ignorance shape your day, your choices or your life.  Make your own decisions and be confident in the direction of your arrow.

Sometimes, this is easier said than done.  We have jobs, kids, spouses, parents, friends, and communities that all want a piece of us.  What can you do to preserve your days?

  • Don’t let your day begin without setting personal goals for the day.
  • Start each day with a plan, YOUR plan.
  • Learn to say no.  If you can’t make a surprise meeting or an unscheduled luncheon, be fair to yourself and learn to say, no.
  • Expect the unexpected.  Determine what you are willing to adjust in your day.  I’m a very flexible person and will adjust my entire day if asked, hence the reason I needed this quote!
  • Learn to take mindful breaks throughout the day and reassess your plan.
  • At the end of the day…wipe that slate clean!!

This quote is now my screensaver on my computer.  I need this reminder.  Many need this reminder.  When life takes over and people begin dictating our days, our personal mission and drive are lost.  I’m determined to keep my mission as my primary focus.  My life is my own and I determine which path it takes.  Be mindful of your day and build your dreams every day, in every way!

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