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Practice "Morning Intent"

How often do you start each day by hitting the bricks running? Before your feet even touch the floor, you're probably reviewing your have-to list: what you have to pick up, whom you have to call, which projects you have to complete. If that's your normal routine, your day is likely to be busy, but not necessarily on target with your priorities. Thinking of all you have to do is not the same as making room for what is really important to you. To sharpen your focus, begin each day by planning from the inside out — using a practice I call "morning intent."

Each morning, before you get out of bed, while you shower, travel to work, or land at your desk, set your compass for the day by answering these questions:

  • What kind of person do I want to be today?
  • What two to three things do I want to accomplish today? Note: The operative word here is "want," not "should."
  • Where can I make a difference in someone's life?
If you start each day briefly focusing on what is meaningful to you, your personal values will shape your choices all day, helping you to stay grounded when your mind threatens to carry you away. You will feel more in control and less likely to get caught up in just putting out fires.
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A series of "quick-lifts" excerpted from Recharge in Minutes, ©2003, by Suzanne Zoglio, Ph.D.

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