Friday, December 11, 2015

3 Things that will start your day off right

Rich Darby,
Chief Operating Officer
During the past three decades of working in the funeral industry, I have learned a few tricks to make my work days more successful.

Living in such a fast-paced environment can create a lot of pressure and stress. To help begin my day on a positive note, I do three simple things every morning. And, let me tell you, it has made a world of difference in how my day turns out. These simple steps get me in the right frame of mind, put me in a positive mood and prepare me to tackle any issue or problem that may come my way.

Here is my secret recipe:
  1. Wake up early. Every morning, I wake up about 30 to 40 minutes earlier than I really need. This gives me time to wake up calmly and prepare for the day. This allows you to wake up on your own terms, instead of in a rush to get out the door. If you wake up frantic and in a rush, you set a pattern for the rest of your day.
  2. Eat breakfast. Take the time to fix yourself a healthy breakfast every morning. I suggest including a something high in protein. This will provide you the energy you need to kick start your day off. It's alright to have a cup of coffee to give you that extra boost, but everything in moderation. I have been told that eating breakfast is like starting a fire each morning. And, you keep that fire burning by adding to it with smaller meals throughout the day. 
  3. Read or meditate. I wouldn't consider myself a highly religious person, but I do enjoy reading text from the Old Testament, the New Testament, a Psalm and a Proverb. Why do I do this? Because it keeps me focused and grounded. If bible reading isn’t for you, I suggest reading a self-help or meditation book to start your day off focused. 
As we get ready for this holiday season I challenge you to make this your New Year’s resolution. It isn’t painful and the reward is unbelievable. I would love to hear how it has changed your life. You can email me at

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1 comment:

  1. Willie Anna JeffersonDecember 16, 2015 at 12:24 PM

    Rich, I really love that concept; the most challenging part for me is to eat that breakfast, but I'm going to do my best to incorporate that in my regiment.Good read