I've been traveling lately for varied reasons (resulting in the little hiatus last week, but back to the weekly posts), which I enjoy because I always envision that I'm going to have all sorts of spaces in the day to get things done--like using the time on a flight or late at night in the hotel. I use it as a time to center myself and reflect. As part of my continuous effort to keep growing and learning about myself (can't keep my psychology background at bay!). I've started to internalize-maybe even start to habitualize- the mantra that we set the stage for the day with our mindset.
I'm a planner and a rule follower, so parts of traveling can be a bit anxiety provoking. The kicker for me is that I don't like being that anxiety ridden self. It takes too much energy away from the good stuff.
On these most recent trips I've made it a priority to verbalize to myself and aloud how I'm going to approach the day. I visualize myself having the level-headed mentality that I use elsewhere in life. It's a simple tool that helps. It's like an anchor. When I start feeling flustered, I can pull myself back to the direction that I have myself earlier. The intention helps make it successful.
I challenge you to visualize and verbalize at the start of the day your approach to areas in your life that you are working on enhancing.