Pitch First

As I sit here, green tea in hand at 5am I feel accomplished, because I am finally sitting here at 5am with a green tea in hand.

This has been something I wanted my life to involve – a ‘Mindful Morning’ – for quite some time, but for some reason I’ve never quite been able to get there. I’ve had the occasional groggy 6am, quite a few at 7, but I’ve never hit the sweet 5.

It turns out, that while the struggle was physically at the 5am alarm that I would snooze and ignore, the problem was what I did the day before. While I wanted to ‘bat’ I didn’t spend any time on the ‘pitch’.

There are two reasons I sit here today writing this. The first is ‘purpose’. I was motivated to get out of bed today because I have been genuinely looking forward to writing this post. I am excited about purpose.

The second was ‘the pitch’. Yesterday I spent my time preparing for today. I set out my clothes for my early morning, my clothes that I will switch to for the day after a shower, I went to bed early, I had water ready to drink when I woke up, I cleaned the bedroom, I put on a diffuser with a ‘sound sleep’ scent (whatever that actually is, and no, it’s not lavender) and did everything else I could to prepare for today. It worked.

I’m not suggesting you have to wake up at 5am, or even early at all. But before you go crashing into today I can highly recommend spending a little more time on your pitch and give yourself the best chance of hitting it out of the park.

Word of the day: Zeal.
Meaning:  Fervor for person, cause, or object; eager desire or endeavor; enthusiastic diligence; ardor.

30 Second Resolutions

Just like sprouts to Christmas, resolutions get relegated to the start of the year. We all take a deep breath, make a bunch of promises that are mostly broken by spring and then let ourselves spend the rest of the year aquiring stress, berating ourselves about our failures and wishing we had more drive and direction. 

Instead of giving yourself the single best (and then worst) present each year of optimistic resolutions, give yourself an amazing present every day. When you open your eyes (or perhaps when you take your first sip of coffee) allow yourself 30 seconds each day to think about what you could do to improve your life by just 1%. Over the course of a year this adds up, and it’s more likely you’ll achieve what you want.

Lofty goals and ‘big purpose’ is hugely valuable however, this comes with a side helping of patience and risk. Give yourself the gift of ‘big purpose’ but on a daily basis why not treat yourself to little gifts of constant improvement.

The word for today is: Ikigai.
Meaning: (生き甲斐) is a Japanese term for “a reason for being.” The word ‘Ikigai’ usually refers to the source of value in one’s life or the things that make one’s life worthwhile.