“You create your own universe as you go along.” Winston Churchill
Think about this for a moment. Focus on a great day that you had recently. What made the day go so well? For me, a fully planned day which allows me time to do all the things I want to do and all the things I need to do is a great day. Why can I complete my tasks? Because I planned them in advance based on my responsibilities and schedule for the day. My intention was set for the day and I created the path myself.
When you look at the reverse, a bad day, it starts with one thing going wrong which puts a cloud on the day. From this point on, unless you change the path, the day goes downhill and keeps snowballing into a really bad day. If you see this trend starting, take a moment to refocus on your positive intentions for the day and move forward. Spending time griping or saying poor me will only propel the bad vibes further, make a conscious choice to break the bad mood . Take a walk, pet the dog or find something that helps you get back on track.
“Create your day in advance by thinking how you want it to go, and you will create your life intentionally.” Rhonda Byrne
Starting the day or week with a mental plan gives you the intention of having a great day. This intention spurs the positive feelings that, yes, indeed you can do all the things that you have scheduled. Take a moment to create the intention for your day in the morning before you get started. One thing that I like to do is create my to-do list for the next day when I'm done working, this allows me to release the thoughts of what I still need to accomplish as well as not worry about them further since I know they've been noted.
“Everyone visualizes whether he knows it or not. Visualizing is the great secret of success.” Genevieve Behrend
It's no accident that successful people are successful, this is their plan. Create your own map for success with intentional thoughts and purposeful planning. Let me know if you try these tips or already use them. I'd love to hear what you do to conquer your day.
What you have said is so true! You’ve reminded me it’s time to reread a great book that elaborates on your comments: Benjamin Zander’s “The Art of Possibility — Transforming Professional and Personal Life.”
Thanks for sharing.
@Scottatsm4hc Sounds like a good read, I’ll check it out!
I love The Four Agreements, that’s my read and re-read.
Reframing situations and being able to take responsibility for your mood, and thus your day, is so powerful. Last night I sat down and did some personal incremental planning. I looked at what I want to achieve in the next 3, 6, and 12 months. This helps me understand exactly what I need to do this week to ensure success. Thanks again for sharing this post! I certainly appreciate the alignment too 🙂
@GeoffReiner I love your idea of incremental planning! What a great thing to do. Do you have goals and tasks set up with this?
Thank you for sharing you thoughts with me.
@PegFitzpatrick Absolutely! Once I create my incremental plan it’s all about accountability! I give myself due dates, set goals and have friends, family, and colleagues work with me and hold me accountable. It’s very simple process but incredibly powerful stuff!
@GeoffReiner Sounds like you have a fantastic working plan. Thanks for sharing.
I hope there’s room for a constructive voice here. This quote from Churchill was cherry picked, here is the full passage:
“Some of my cousins who had the great advantage of University education
used to tease me with arguments to prove that nothing has any existence
except what we think of it. The whole creation is but a dream; all
phenomena are imaginary. You create your own universe as you go along.
The stronger your imagination, the more variegated your universe. When
you leave off dreaming, the universe ceases to exist. These amusing
mental acrobatics are all right to play with. They are perfectly
harmless and perfectly useless. I warn my younger readers only to treat
them as a game. The metaphysicians will have the last word and defy you
to disprove their absurd propositions. ”
As you can see, Churchill was mocking this notion, not promoting it. The people behind “the secret” were actively seeking to deceive their audience by misquoting him.
EdwardDB Amazing! Thank you for helping expose the truths behind the deception.
What is the Latin for “You create your own universe as you go along.”