The 10-Second Habit You’re Not Doing When You Wake Up

Devin Arrigo
Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

We’re down 7 points with 15 seconds left in the 4th quarter of Super Bowl LV. I’m sprinting towards the end-zone with the football in hopes of scoring the winning touchdown.

“What the heck is that sound?

The next thing I know I’m lying in my bed with that dreadful iPhone alarm blaring. Ah crap, it was a dream. Without even opening my eyes, I reach over and snooze it.

“Okay, now back to that touchdown.”, I think to myself.

One (or five) ‘snooze sessions’ later, I reluctantly open my eyes and without even thinking, grab my iPhone. After 20 minutes of scrolling Instagram or checking emails, I gently roll out of bed and start my day.

Not the best morning routine if you ask me.

Oftentimes I’ll get an email that requires my immediate attention. Or see something upsetting on social media. And from the moment I step out of my bed, I’m stressed, or upset — just generally in a negative state of mind.

If I start the day feeling stressed, worried, or pissed off, that inevitably trickles down throughout my entire day. My work. My health. My relationships. And more importantly, my quality of life. And it’s all because I couldn’t wait to check my iPhone in the morning.

So instead, I’ve committed to a 10-second practice that completely changes the way I enter the world.

It’s changed my mornings, my days, and my quality of life.

It’s simple — say it with me…

Thank you for another day of life.

It’s something that oftentimes goes unnoticed.

I woke up. I’m breathing. And I’m alive.

Some people aren’t as lucky. When we open our eyes in the morning, we should celebrate the fact that we have another day of life.

You literally could have died in your sleep. Dead. That’s the end of it.
Isn’t it pretty amazing that you didn’t? That you have another day to do the things you love?

Another day to pursue your dreams and goals.

Another day to create and build whatever it is you want. To experience life to the fullest. To witness all the amazing gifts and adventures life has to offer.

Another chance to be a better human being.

Another chance to become who you were created to be.

10-seconds for the rest of your life

This simple act of gratitude can change your entire day. It will affect the way you feel, act, and treat others. It will affect the way you work and the way you live your life. And I truly believe it will change your life.

So before you reach for your phone tomorrow morning, I implore you, take 10 seconds and ask yourself:

Isn’t it amazing I woke up today?

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Marathon runner | Triathlete | Personal growth addict | Writing about creative ways to become a better human being.

Los Angeles, CA

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