Do you ever go to bed not feeling great? I’m talking about not feeling good mentally, feeling dissatisfied and unhappy about your day.
It’s been a long and challenging year. And with so many hurdles and setbacks, I have definitely had nights when I’m so exhausted, that I just fall asleep on the couch or fall asleep while putting my toddler to bed. I’ve also had days when I had to make really tough decisions and have not gotten everything done on my to-do list leaving me physically AND mentally worn-out.
That doesn’t feel awesome. Still, when I go to bed at night, whether I’m passing out with my toddler or actually putting myself into bed like a real grownup, I feel good.
I can honestly say that. I feel good.
That’s because I have one trick that has helped me to do that. And it’s a trick that I want to share with you and it might not be what you think it is.
While the trick is simple, it’s not easy. It’s very, very simple, but it’s not always easy, but when you do this, you will feel good at the end of every day.
The number one trick to feeling good at the end of the day is, throughout the day, to say what you mean and do what you say.
Saying what you mean is being clear about what you need, about what you want, about what you can and can’t do, about what you are and aren’t willing to do. If you are clear about your feelings and your emotions, and you say you’re unhappy when you’re unhappy and you say you’re happy when you’re happy, you are going to feel better.
Ultimately, if you do the things that you say you’re going to do, you can go to bed each night feeling good because you were true to your words.
If you say what you mean and do what you say, you are going to feel so much better at the end of each day.
Now, I want you to take some action because reading this is cool, but if you don’t take action, you’re not going to see any change.
I want you to reflect for a moment.
Has there been any time throughout today where you didn’t say what you mean?
If so, think about what led you to do that. Was it that were you worried about hurting someone’s feelings? Were you worried about what response they would give? Were you afraid of what might happen if you said what you were really thinking?
Reflect on why you said something that wasn’t exactly how you were feeling, why it wasn’t exactly what you meant, and then prepare yourself to push through that fear, to push through whatever is stopping you, so that the next time you can really say what you mean.
And as far as doing what you say, is there any time throughout the day when maybe there’s something that you weren’t able to do exactly what you say or you’re not on track for it?
That’s okay. I want you to manage expectations, go back and let whoever’s waiting know, including yourself. We definitely make promises to ourselves too, so tell yourself and readjust.
Maybe you said you can get something done by the end of the day and you can’t. That’s cool. Just go back and let them know when you’re getting it done. You’re going to feel so much better after having realigned what someone’s expectations are based on what you can actually do.
When you do these two things, you are going to feel better at the end of every day. So remember mama, if you want to feel good, do what you say and say what you mean.
Know that while it’s simple, it’s not easy and that’s okay. It doesn’t have to be, it can be challenging and also worth it.
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