6:30am: I woke up a few minutes before my alarm as usual, loaded up my computer and grabbed an apple to get some early morning energy. I then read over my business plan and went through the rest of my morning routine.
(I've found that having a routine can be a key to success no matter what you do in life. Not only does in install good habits, it also reinforces a lifestyle or the change in your lifestyle that you're trying to make. For example, if you're somebody that wants to lose weight or become fit, you just can't tell yourself I'm going to go to run or go to the gym at "some point" during the day because nine times out of ten you'll keep procrastinating. However if you make it a routine thing to go to the gym at the same time every day, or at least a scheduled time, you're more likely to go through with it.)
7:00am: By this time my trading day had already begun and I had noticed that there were a few potential set-ups but nothing at the time. Therefore I took the time to look up some motivation quotes so that I could pick the quote of the day.
(I've noticed that reading through multiple positive quotes every morning really helps to put my mind in a good place.)
12:00pm: At this point my trading day was over (except for the swing trades) and although it wasn't a spectacular day trading (1 win, 1 loss, 1 pending) I knew it wasn't a bad day so that's a plus in this profession. Because the kitchen was being redone, I decided to treat myself to lunch so I headed out to Five guys for a delicious burger.
(Seeing how I have become very frugal ever since being laid off, going out to eat has become a big deal for me. Not only does it give me a chance to try something out of the ordinary, but it allows me to feel like I'm treating myself for a job well done. Since I'm my own boss, I don't get to receive a lot of positive reinforcement from others, so little things like rewarding myself for doing well help to keep my moral up.)
1:00pm: After stuffing my face I decided to head to the driving range and hit a few golf balls. Golf is relaxing to me because I feel like it's just me and the course. This is my version of meditation especially if I'm hitting them well.
(I feel that meditation or any form of self reflection is good because it gives you a chance to have a one on one talk with the person that means the most to you...Yourself. Solo activities or listening to music, even reading work well for me.)
2:00pm: After leaving the driving range I dropped my the gym for a little bit and lifted some weights. I'm currently in training to run a marathon so I can't lift really heavy like I used to, but it still feels good to get the muscles sore a little bit.
(It may seem odd, but the better you feel about yourself physically, the better you are mentally. Whenever I feel out of shape I tend to be less happy and it really affects me in a negative way. However, whenever I finish working out, I feel proud and really good. Sort of like when you give your car a really good wash and wax.)
Now I bet you're asking, what does this have to do with finding you personal paradise? Well listen up.
To Be Continued.....
(Part Two Coming Soon)