“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you rest of the day. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”
– Mark Twain (American Novelist, and humourist of the 19th century)
What’s common to Tim Cook (Apple CEO), Michelle Obama, Ursula Burns (Xerox CEO), Jeff Immelt (GE CEO), Indra Nooyi (Pepsico CEO), and Jack Dorsey (Twitter CEO)?
They are rich and influential?
There’s something about them that’s not seen by many, but it could very well be the silent and steady cause of their success.
They rise each morning before 5.00’ clock.
The lake of the mind
Imagine a crystal clear lake, tranquil in the morning mist. If you throw a stone right in the middle of it, what would you see? Graceful ripples would spread from the centre; the lake would dance rhythmically in response to that one small stone.
When you wake up early in the morning, the lake of mind is fresh and still. That’s when you have a choice- to throw a thought pebble right at the centre of the lake. The choice of which thought to pick and throw into the mind, is entirely yours. But the ripples that follow are beyond your control. You will be a mute spectator to the dance that follows- it could be a day of positivity or boredom or worse, negative emotions could engulf your mind. And it all begins with that one ‘stone’ that you chose to drop into the lake of your mind. Interestingly, before you hit the bed at night, if you could spend a moment in prayers, you’d ensure the ‘lake’ settles down. Mahatma Gandhi put it wisely, “Prayer is the key of the morning, and the bolt of the evening.”
Try this: As soon as you rise from the bed, go for a pen and paper or the keyboard and write five things that you are grateful for. Add feeling into it. It will take hardly three to five minutes but you have thrown a pebble at the centre of the lake! Now watch how your day unfolds. An act of humble thanks or prayer early in the morning sets off a general positive attitude for the rest of the day.To be continued…