Antidote for a Bad Day

How many times have you had a bad day?  More importantly, how many times has that bad day affected the several days following it?  How long did you stay frustrated, angry, disappointed, negative, lethargic, and/or unmotivated?

Those were hours and days that you did not spend moving toward your goals and dreams.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of the leaders of the Transcendentalist Movement in the mid-19th century, had something to say about this:

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

He’s encouraging us to let it go.  What’s done is done.  We can’t go back to the past to change it and our worrying, anger, despondency, lack of motivation, and the like, is not going to change what happened.  Learn what you can from it; write down action steps you can take to improve, and resolve to follow through with it.  Then draw a line under it and call it a day.  Let it go.

Get a good night’s sleep then wake up in the morning with the promise to yourself that today will be a better day.  Expect it!  If your mind tries to remind you of the past, firmly turn your attention to something positive about the moment you are in right now.  Perhaps you hear birds singing or maybe the aroma of fresh-brewed coffee is in the air.  Keep your focus on the positive and on moving forward!

Your homework is to repeat pep words to yourself that make you feel energized when you say them.  Here are a few to get you started:  zest, zip, vibrant, pizzazz, sizzle, gusto.  Don’t forget to look through your thesaurus for new pep words.  Keep these handy throughout the day and repeat them to yourself as needed.  Then, take the next step!  No matter how small the increment, move forward toward your goals and dreams.

You can do it!

Post in the comments section some of your favorite pep words.

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend,


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