Begin your day with slow calming activities

Begin your day with slow, calming activities. Like a car on a cold morning, you need some time to warm your engine before you put your day into drive.

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In athletics we all know that we should stretch and warm up our muscles before the game begins to improve performance and avoid injury.

How much time do you give yourself to warm up your engine before you hit the gas pedal of your days?

Few of us take enough time to fully prepare ourselves for the day ahead. After a few slams of the snooze button and  a little personal hygiene, many people leap into action with only something caffeinated “for the road.”


With the cooler months ahead, how can you make it a point to start your day with a few more calming activities to warm you up for the daily trip ahead?

“Does refusing to go to the gym count as resistance training?”

“Does refusing to go to the gym count as resistance training?”

—Author Unknown

Image of a guy in bed early morning

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How much sleep do you get on a typical night during the week? What about the weekends? For most people I know, the numbers vary considerably.

Yesterday morning, my body woke at the normal time, but given it was the weekend and I was extra tired, I passed up my morning workout and went back to bed for two more hours of needed rest.

My resistance to going to the gym was completely appropriate given that I needed more time to refresh and recharge after a full work week, which had already included numerous visits to the gym.


Where do you push, stretch, and challenge yourself to grow and expand your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual potential?

Where might stepping back and saying, “NO” to some of these growth opportunities be the best choice, needed to progress optimally through your life?

“A good goal is like a strenuous exercise. It makes you stretch.”

“A good goal is like a strenuous exercise. It makes you stretch.”

– Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics

image of young girls stretching in ballet outfits

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Just as a personal trainer helps stretch their clients physically to support their fitness goals, coaches stretch people beyond their comfort zones to achieve their professional and personal desires.

In both cases, the stretching beyond our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual limits provides a catalytic stimulus to support new growth and the development of capacities previously not available.


Where do you want or need to stretch beyond your current abilities to pursue and achieve even more than you previously thought possible?