Rise and shine. A simple and quite common phrase. But what if we paused, and took some time to go beyond the surface to think about what else it could mean?
Obviously rising in this sense means to wake up, get up, get moving or get out of bed. Okay, I’ll admit that sometimes it feels like the simple act of rising is an accomplishment in itself, but we already have that one down. It’s a habit, no matter how reluctantly, we eventually do get going.
It seems that the tricky part is when, after we rise, we are asked to shine.
Let the Sun Shine
Originally this phrase meant to “get out of bed and prepare for work” but I think it’s time for the dawn of a new day and so we should dive even deeper into it. It can be as easy as opening the blinds, metaphorically speaking.
- Are you getting prepared to face the day with confidence?
- Are you excelling at your job?
- Are you putting as much effort into having a great family as possible?
- Are you really giving it 100%, in all or any aspects of your life?
- Are you truly shining?
If you are rising but not shining, you’re choosing to allow a dim flicker to light your path. One that barely illuminates the way to the bathroom, let alone the way up the ladder to a successful life. Not only is this not the lifestyle you were intended for, but by accepting a dim, dull life you are telling other people that it’s okay to just go through the motions.
It’s no longer a time to settle, instead it’s a time to strive. And when you choose to shine as brightly as possible it will inspire others to do the same. One candle can light hundreds more without diminishing its own flame.
As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence actually liberates others.
Can you imagine this? Your alarm goes off and rather than wanting to smash your clock with a sledgehammer, you jump out of bed energized and excited to start the day? Or, you wake up before your alarm goes off, and low and behold, you’re not disgruntled by it?
If this seems completely absurd, then you need to think back to a time when this happened to you. It could have been a childhood memory of the morning of a holiday, or before the first day of school or maybe the first day of recess, or every single day during the summer! You may have even felt this excitement as an adult, maybe in anticipation of a long awaited vacation or a holiday weekend full of plans.
How does this phenomenon happen? It happens because you were looking forward to something that was exciting! The crazy thing is that it’s quite possible that as a child you didn’t even have a real reason to be excited, you just were, because every day was an adventure. You may have had no plans, nothing to really look forward to other than the day itself.
Wake up! You were born to soar, not to snore.
So there have been times, as a child or as an adult, that you wanted to rise and shine. You had that feeling that you could conquer the world and it propelled you out of bed like a triple shot espresso from Starbucks. And if you couldn’t conquer the world, then the world would still be waiting tomorrow. There was no discouragement, only discovery.
Well, what happened? Where did you lose that spark? Whatever the reason is, you can choose to use find that spark and light a fire. You do not have to hide under an umbrella expecting a cloudy day, instead, put your sunglasses on.
The Future’s so Bright
The past is done, learn from it and move on. The future is a blank page in which you can write your latest story. Grab a pen and get started. To get that spark back, think about what excites you. It might help if you set some goals. They could be focused on your business, your relationships or your self, no matter how frivolous, write them down. You might start to feel a sense of excitement when you allow yourself to dream.
Then, act on that dream! We have this unique ability to dream while we’re awake, to create in our minds and then to achieve it in our lives, but only if we act on it.
There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.
~Douglas H. Everett
Decide right now to do something you love, ignite a lost passion or start a hobby that excites you. Every day can be a fresh start, so stop settling for being one of the walking dead and instead be a living example of a guiding light.
Start living the life you deserve, the one that will inspire others. Rise and shine every day!
Rock Star Success Coach & Sales Trainer