This morning I have a very tight schedule due to some driving I need to do across the state. Given that commitment - and my current difficulty sleeping - I was up and running at about 5:15. I was back at 6:15, the dog was walked and fed by 6:45 and by 7:10. Then I did five minutes of mediation, 5 minutes of reading from a book I've been taking my time with and now here I am about 12 minutes into my 15 minutes of daily writing.
Why share all of this with you? It was a good reminder to me that even with a tighter schedule then I usually have, I am still a creature of habit. And I say that with humility and happiness. For me, having daily practices is a great foundation for having a good day. Even doing a little bit of mediation, a little reading and a little writing puts me in the place I want to be.
By the way, notice that I didn't say my daily practice equals a perfect day or even a great day. I note that because I'm continually inspired by The Power of A Perfectly Average Day. This is a concept shared by Michael Neill, one of my favorite coaches in his book "The Inside Out Revolution." The premise is that we're often going for that great day when our productivity is through the roof, we win over every potential client we were hoping for and on it goes. But what about the next day? Maybe it's just so so. Michael's point is if every day we established an average or baseline but we were able to do that EVERY DAY, can you imagine what we could achieve? For example (and something I've written about) what would it mean for your life if you started five new conversations every day?
Here's my point: Do you have daily practices to kick-off your day? If not, try it. I don't mean try mine - unless you want to that is. But find out what grounds you, wakes you up and gets you going. Make today the start of your daily average day. It could add up to a lifetime of fulfillment.