So Day7 is a day of reflecting on what I've done and learned. I can't think of a better way to thoroughly cover this than to comment on each step of my Checklist:
1. Set your alarm clock for time.
I do this every day except on the weekend (always have)... I've always been annoyed by "Snooze" buttons, but I must admit, before I started this TTL thing, I'd started having days where I would use the Snooze button. This week I got back to waking up before the alarm clock went off (a couple times, not everyday).
2. Check clock.
3. Place clock in one spot (only turn on and off).
4. Turn clock off.
5. Clap your hands and say, “I’m having a great day!”
Boy oh boy, is this the stupidest most awesome part of the day!!! I used to do this long ago and it was helpful, but returning to it is great!! It certainly sets the tone for the day and makes me smile... (sometimes I smile just because that "Big Voice" says "boy this is dumb" but I laugh at it anyway because it feels good. :)
6. Breathe in through your nose, deeply filling up your chest, then out through your mouth. Walk with confidence to the bathroom.
I often forget to do this until I get to the Tools of the day and read this list.
7. Splash your face with water.
I don't do this... but I take a shower right after I brush the tooths, so I think I get a pass on this one. ;)
8. Brush your teeth.
Check - I'm actually brushing more regularly because of this process.
9. Look in mirror and smile at yourself.
See the "I'm having a great day"
10. Say: "The day is mine!"
Oh yea... I say this usually after I'm on may way to the workplace... it too makes me smile and think this is stupid but it sure feels good!!
11. Catch yourself saying negative things about yourself.
I didn't think I said many negative things about me to myself... but I have uncovered some things that apparently were so ingrained in my ways that I didn't even realize I was telling myself this stuff.
12. Ask yourself if they are true or false.
Still working on catching myself on this one... I think its part of the listening to myself... I'm still working on hearing me, so hopefully once I get smoother with that I can check T or F more often
13. If they are false, say the opposite thing to yourself.
need to work on this
14. If they are true, change how you treat yourself. Do not put yourself down. Instead say, “I can change these things and make my life better."
I've found some stuff that I can do this with - but it wasn't apparent during the exercise.
15. Any time I am presented with a problem I will find my opportunity.
I tuned myself to do this long ago, but I must admit, there are more opportunities after this first week than there had been in the past.
16. After your first smile say, “Hello inner voice.”
I haven't been doing this til late in the day... I need to shift this to the morning mode. Perhaps I'll add it to the morning and continue doing it late in the day.
17. Before you make a decision, stop for a second, listen to your inner voice and check yourself.
Roger that... I've made some major shifts in direction because of that Stupid Little Voice. ;)
18. Throughout the day, make an effort to smile. Make sure you smile a minimum of six times per day and not all at the same time.
This is a no brainer for me... I laugh hard and often... I actually think I'm a pretty funny guy (even if others don't always get it!!)
19. Use your inner voice to be on time.
I on time 99% of the time anyway - easy win for me.
20. Be on time. When you are not take notice and change the behavior.
21. What is one thing you could do for yourself today if you liked yourself more?
I would show more negative emotions (I'm known for glossing over the worst of personal situations with positivity - over correction can be unhealthy too, but probably not as bad as undercorrection).
22. Brush your teeth more often throughout the day.
This might be tough for me... but I will give it some effort.
Most importantly, I'd like to thank the peeps who've supported me in my first week in the game of Tools to Life. It made a tremendous difference knowing that I'm not the only one with things in life that feel like their holding me back.
I'd like to note that while many of these exercises seem silly or "illogical" (for my ultra-logical friends), they will help you feel better and you will move forward if you trust it and just do it even if you think its dumb (my Little Voice just told me to brush my teeth 5 times a day!!).
Thanks for reading,