Become a self-help guru.
“In the mornings when I wake up, I do something called [fingerquotes] pre-laxing. Yeah, pre-laxing. It’s something that you’d do before your day. Something to get you mellow, to get you happy, to get you positive, feeling focused, thinking about the rest of your day, thinking how successful you’re going to be – the rest of the day.
You don’t actually have to DO any of that stuff, but as part of the pre-laxation you have to visualize it and you have to think about it, and you have to become cognizant. That’s a phrase that I’m going to throw out a lot. You have to be cognizant. That’d make a decent bumper sticker, actually. [fingerquotes] Be Cognizant.
But you don’t have to DO any of that stuff – just lounge about and enjoy the beginning part of your day. So often we’re forced to sort of wake up and quickly scramble about and, ‘Oh, what am I going to wear today… Where’s my clothing… I gotta get showered… I gotta get shaved… Get out the door and get into traffic and did I even eat a good breakfast? Probably not… And I don’t have any time… to pre-lax.” But I’m saying that it’s important for us to pre-lax. We have to take some time early in the morning to pre-lax. You ever notice how old people do that? They wake up hours before anybody and they’re all pre-laxed while the rest of us are eating our asses trying to bust the hump at work. We’re nuts! We could learn from the elderly. Pre-laxation!
Now you’re going to want to write this down – that’s P-R-E-L-A-X. Pre-lax. Do you get it? Where most people tend to relax at the end of the day, I’m pitching the idea that you should PRE-lax. You should PRE-lax… you should relax sometime after you wake up, before the rest of your day. You shouldn’t wait until after the hurricane to get calm. You should get calm before the hurricane hits. That’ll make you more apt to weather the storm. Who doesn’t want to survive a hurricane?
How many of you – raise your hand if you don’t want to survive a hurricane. Do you see? Look around you. Look at the people who have their hands raised. Do you see anybody who has their hand raised? No. Because everybody wants to weather the storm. Everybody wants to weather their daily storms and Be Cognizant. Nobody has their hands up.
Let’s all pre-lax. The first thing that I want you to do tomorrow morning – this is an assignment… write it down in your seminar materials. The first thing that I want you to do tomorrow morning, is to wake up 15 minutes earlier than normal – that’s not so hard is it? That’s not so hard. Tomorrow morning I want you to wake up 15 minutes earlier than usual and I want you to pre-lax. You can do that, right? For fifteen minutes, I want you to pre-lax. Yes, you’re going to be waking up early, but it’s not going to bum you out. Do you know why? Because you’re going to be excited that you’re going to be pre-laxing. The first thing that you’re going to do tomorrow is a few pre-laxation techniques.
Maybe you’ll read a chapter from your book tomorrow morning for 15 minutes, or you’ll pick up your favorite crossword puzzle like you used to do, or you’ll read the paper or watch a Leave It To Beaver – but something that you’ll do tomorrow morning will PRE-lax you and PRE-pare you for the rest of your day. And stay away from caffeine! By it’s very nature, if you were to analyze it rationally, you know that caffeine doesn’t help you to pre-lax.
Let’s get it done and Be Cognizant!”
[c] 2007 Russ of America