The beginning and ending are the most important moments of everything.
Birth and death. First day and last day at a job. New moon and full moon.
The beginning drives expectation and intrigue. The ending gives a new meaning to everything that happened in between.
If episode 1 of a new series doesn’t grab your attention, your likelihood of ditching that show increases exponentially. While a great season finale will get viewers to continue watching when the series begins again.
Successful screenwriters understand their success depends on great starts and endings.
And that’s also true in your life. How you begin and end your day will define your ability to achieve things and feel happy.
Your life needs a screenwriter. And no one can do it better than you.
“We cannot start over, but we can begin now, and make a new ending.” — Zig Ziglar
A great beginning will keep you engaged with your own story as the hours go by. You don’t want to ditch your dreams by noon.
Finish each day with a story that you want to remember forever. How you end your day impacts the mood you wake up in next morning.
The stories you tell yourself affect your mind and emotions. Anxiety, negativity, and self-destructive thoughts are connected to the stories we tell.
You cannot control everything that happens in your life. But you can control the story you tell yourself. You are the actor and spectator of your life’s plot. Become the screenwriter too.
Live a life worth binge watching. 🙂
Today’s stretch: start and finish your day purposefully.
Start your day by preparing your mind to achieve your dreams.
Your mindset is like soil where your ideas and desires grow. The right preparation — making it more fertile — causes your dreams to bloom bigger.
Avoid all distractions. Don’t check social media, the news or anything that can negatively affect your mood. Or, even worse, derail you.
Before you move into action, spend time with yourself. Sit down and stretch your body for a minute or so. You are sending your body a signal: it’s time to wake up.
Follow this routine. You don’t need experience meditating to practice it.
Sit down in a position where your body feels comfortable and relaxed.
Capture your dreams and goals on a piece of paper. Write down your priorities. Write down the distractions you want to avoid.
Now it’s time for exercising, taking a shower or having breakfast, whatever’s your regular routine. One caution though: avoid checking emails, your phone, etc.
Unless your life or job depends on early morning updates, postpone the first contact with your device for as long as possible.
End your day in a way that you feel grateful and fulfilled. Every chapter of your life deserves a happy ending.
Prepare your mind for sleeping. First, you need to slow down.
Before you go to bed, sit down in a comfortable position and take 2–3 deep breaths.
Slow down. Wrap-up your day being grateful for everything that went well. Your mind and body will go to sleep in a happy mood.
Both the beginning and ending exercises feed-off each other. Like any great plot.
Remember, live a life worth binge-watching.
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Originally published at medium.com