Why You Should Talk To Yourself Every Morning

(And what you should say)

What was the first thing that you said when you got out of bed this morning?  Do you remember?  Did it have something to do with work, or did it have something to do with mood?


This morning, I got up around 5am.  I slept in a little bit.  I attribute that to going to bed about half an hour later than usual.

My wife is at a convention so I’m alone in the house.  I have the freedom to talk, scream, sing, whatever, without disturbing her.    If I want to say anything out loud it would be to me or the dog.

Some of us wake up grumpy.  We wake up grumpy every day.  Others wake up and are so perky it drives the rest of us crazy.  Maybe you’re somewhere in between.

How you start your day will set the tone for your entire day.

Here are 4 things you can say every morning to have a better day.

  • Talk yourself out of something.  “Today I will not ___________.”  It might be something you shouldn’t have eaten yesterday but you did.  Or maybe today you just won’t say anything negative about anybody, even to yourself.
  • Talk yourself into something.  “Today I’m going to ___________.”  It may be a little goal, a daily habit, or an exercise you haven’t done in a while.  Talk yourself into doing it.  Get a little victory accomplished early.  It will set the tone for the rest of the day.
  • Talk yourself out of a bad start.  “Today is going to be a good day because ___________.”  Define why your day is going to be great.  It gives you a positive outlook right from the start.  You know what the day ahead has for you.  Look at the best scenario and talk yourself into the best possible path for the day ahead.
  • Talk yourself into a better start.  “Today is the day…”  Have a morning mantra.  Something you say to yourself every morning of every day.  Make it positive, uplifting, to-the-point and specific to you.

A year is a marathon.  A day is a sprint.  Starting means everything when you’re in a short race.  Start your day by literally talking to yourself.

By the way, it’s OK to talk to yourself.  It’s also OK to answer.  But if you keep saying “Huh?” maybe we need to talk. (Ha)

What could you say to yourself every morning that will make the rest of your day better?


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