Set Your Day Up For Success

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

In the early Arizona morning I walk my heart-shaped labyrinth and meditate with the sound of gold finches and cactus wrens. The sun is just coming up and lighting my path surrounded by Palo Verde and Mesquite trees. I cherish this precious quietude before my day begins. It is the perfect way to wake up my senses, create an awareness of openness and set my intention for the new day.

How do you start your day? Do you rush out of bed after pushing the snooze button a few times and leave no time for breakfast? You don’t need a labyrinth to create your own routine for starting your day. All you need is a willingness to set aside 10-15 minutes first thing in the morning that allows you be grateful, take stock in your life or just prepare to make the day your best one yet.

At Melissa Eisler suggests these 10 steps to incorporate into a morning routine.

• Stay Unplugged From Tech
• Hydrate
• Practice Optimism and Gratitude
• Make Your Bed
• Meditate
• Exercise
• Put Yourself Together
• Eat A Healthy Breakfast

Melissa says, “When you form healthy habitual behaviors for the morning, you set your day up for success. Whether you are aware of them or not, you operate under habits (both good and bad) all the time—they are an integral part of your daily existence.”

What better way to make sure self care is a priority each day, by beginning your day with a dose of it.

I’d love to hear how you begin your day. Comment below to share your morning routine and how it sets your day up for success.

Read Melissa’s complete article at

Find more ideas on how to self-care at fuzzyredsocks

Comments 4

  1. I usually start my day off with some sort of exercise, either a walk, yoga or some strength training. It’s a habit I have formed over many years and I feel out of sorts for the rest of the day if I don’t do it. I walk or do strength training outside in a gorgeous setting by the river and I consciously give thanks each morning for the ability to do this. I must say though I definitely find it harder to maintain this ritual during the winter months when it’s still dark outside and the temperature is cool. So thanks for the reminder of how important it is to set your day up for success Carole. I will get out of bed tomorrow morning with renewed enthusiasm.

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      So glad to hear you have a regular routine to set your day up for success. And yes, some days it isn’t as easy as other days! Here in Arizona, the days are beginning to turn hot, so either I will need to get up earlier to walk my labyrinth or I will just sit in the air conditioned house by a window and meditate on my yoga mat. It’s all good. Thanks for stopping by, Claire.

  2. Hi Carole~
    This is in response to Part 2 of 3 of your review of 2019. The action/intention I have chosen for 2019 is discussed in this particular blog. In Part 1 of 3, I decided to choose a Word of the Year. Boy, was THAT ever a game changer! My word is Trust and what I have been doing each morning before getting out of bed is choosing a word or short phrase to focus on during the day that involves some aspect of Trust.
    Throughout the day I say an affirmation:
    “Today I trust myself to ________. “

    I’m finding that it will pop up frequently during my day and influence whatever it is I am in the middle of.
    Some examples have been:
    “I trust myself to be helpful.” (Because sometimes I’m resentful and feel unappreciated and don’t feel like behaving kindly!)
    “I trust myself to listen.” (Because sometimes I am eager to talk and I miss out on important messages, both spoken and unspoken.)
    “I trust myself to make wise choices.” (Because sometimes I don’t think I’m very smart…especially when I make mistakes.)
    So my Self-Trust issues help me to see what topic I need to choose for each day.: I look for where I feel “less” and make a sentence that replaces that feeling with “more”.
    I have also set up a page in my iPhone Memo Pad where I enter the date and the affirmation topic for that day. It helps me to “see” it printed (it is a more real commitment for me when it’s in writing), and I can refer to it any time later as well, so I can review and assess what happened./is happening.
    So I thank you Carole for the inspiration to choose a Word of the Year. It’s fun…and it’s all mine!??
    Yet… Set Up Your Day reminds us that just picking the Word isn’t enough. We have to take an action…so the idea to set an intention and a place and time to do so is key. The blog above just verified what I was doing with my Memo Pad and my actions during the day…and I would encourage everyone to follow the wisdom in this blog.?
    My year has certainly begun with a Big Bang ? and I feel much better “cared for”…by ME!!

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      So glad your Word of the Year is motivating you to self-care daily, Janelle. What a great idea to create a statement each morning, one that is specific and makes for a great daily intention. You are already a master at designing strategies for self improvement and to know that you found some additional wisdom here at Fuzzy Red Socks warms my heart. Thanks for stopping by.

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