“Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself..." - Groucho Marx
It is pretty common for successful people to have a daily mantra, or routine, that sets their mind, focus and energy to what is important to them. This week's Monday Mojo post is inspired by a very quote worthy comedian, Groucho Marx.
Now I'm not sure if Groucho Marx applied this approach for himself everyday, but I really love this quote about living in the present and owning your feelings.
“Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.“ – Groucho Marx
What a great mindset to face the day with. Embracing the power to be happy and living in the moment. I wish I did this more often. Don't you?
How often is it that you wake up in the morning and before you've supped that first coffee, or even before your feet have hit the ground, your mind is racing ahead worrying about:
all the things that need to be done today
stressing over the things that didn't get done yesterday
worrying about the traffic or missing your train
agonising over those emails and calls you never got around to returning
or that meeting with the boss you have later in the day?
It can be overwhelming.
But as Groucho says, how you are feeling, and what you are thinking, are all in your control. So before getting wound up over what might be, what should be and what can't be - take a deep breath and relax - then say quietly to yourself "Today is going to be a good day, and I'm going to be happy."
Your happiness has to be as big a priority (I'd argue bigger) as anything else on your to-do list. So why not make today - YOUR DAY?
I'm sure you've heard the saying that Today is a gift, and that is why it's called the present. Enjoy your gift ;-)
Have a great week!