Start your day with a positive mindset

A recent tweet from Scott Tolinski was an incentive to start a practice that I have been contemplating for far too long. My typical routine was up at dawn with a cup of coffee and some light reading. After reading and responding his post, I decided to set a 15-minute timer and practice what I tweet.

For the past week, I have started the day with some yoga. This entails light stretching and flow for 15-20 minutes, followed by 5-10 minutes of meditation. Starting the day in this way has helped me to feel awake, positive, and ready for the day. Before this morning practice, my focus was on the tasks of the day. Practicing a little mindfulness in the morning has changed my entire outlook.

This positive energy is important and not just for me. It's influential to everyone I interact with during my day. It's fascinating that we, without intent, can influence so many other people. I know I am not an inspirational icon like Brené Brown, but I recognize that my attitude and actions have an impact on the people around me.

We've all noticed how the energy of an entire room can change whenever certain people enter it. Donna Levi - Huff Post

Realizing that my energy can affect another's, suggests that I have an obligation to more than myself. The importance of my positivity is not just for me, it is also for my family, friends, colleagues, and even the strangers I meet throughout any given day. I found a couple of quotes on twitter that share this same philosophy:

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single. Kari Joys MS on Twitter

Share your light with the world and watch the world illuminate. Inspired Healthy on Twitter

The world already has plenty of negative energy sources. I don't want to be another one. I do not want to make it harder for others to shine. Although each of us is responsible for how we feel, it is a cognitive challenge to be positive when surrounded by negative energy. As a husband, father, leader, and compassionate human being, my goal in 2020 is to be a source of positivity to help uplift the people around me.