I’ve come around on a lot of personal development concepts. Meditation, gratitude journaling, reading – all are recent habits I’ve added. I can confidently say that none of them are magic tricks, just ways of training myself to think and act differently.
But there is one little habit I’ve picked up that works in ways I can’t explain.
Recently I mentioned BJ Fogg’s Tiny Habits theory and course. The idea is latching a new, positive habit onto an existing one. Flossing after brushing your teeth, for example.
One of the habits he suggests is saying “It’s going to be a great day!” out loud as soon as you wake up in the morning.
Sounds cheesy. Most self-improvement concepts do.
But damnit. It works.
The brain is powerful in so many ways. It’s a powerful supercomputer, processing millions of zeroes and ones every second.
You think you’ve come to a well-thought out reason for why you align with a certain political party? Yeah, right. Your brain made that decision for you before you were born, most likely.
Your lizard brain will do anything it can to avoid even the slightest bit of discomfort. We think we have it under control; it’s on autopilot.
But the brain can be tricked and swayed. Sometimes placebos are stronger than actual drugs. Sometimes it believes what you tell it to believe.
So when I first wake up in the morning, before I’ve even opened my eyes, I announce to the world that it’s going to be a great day. And my brain, perhaps foggy from sleep, says, “Okay. Yeah. Yes. YES IT’S GOING TO BE A GREAT DAY!”
This is what my brain sounds like, in case you were wondering:
I rarely have bad days. I have a lot of great days, but every day is at least pretty good. And I really believe that they start with a little trickery, first thing in the morning.