The bookends of your day are the period immediately after you wake up and immediately before you go to bed, and by using them to their greatest extent you can help set yourself up for a more successful life. Before going to bed, write down in a journal everything that happened to you that say, good or bad, and how you could have improved things. This enables you to be more honest with yourself about ways you can avoid problems and maximize results in the future.
Reflect on these key points:
- 1The crucial difference between pessimists and optimists is that optimists view negatives as things happening now, whereas pessimists view negatives as permanent.
- 2Science has learned that the human brain is at its most active and potentially creative in the period directly following sleep.
- 3Rather than stuffing the brain with input on awakening, try creating output from all the work the subconscious did while during sleep.
“In the process of accounting what happened during your day, write down how things could have gone differently if you had been more intentional.”