“Your brain is not designed to make you happy. That’s your job.” – Tony Robbins
The alarm sounds at 5:30a.m. You slap the snooze button with a groan and roll over, burying your head beneath your pillow. Ten minutes later, you’re waking up to the same dreadful buzzing sound. You sit up slowly, rub your eyes and swing your legs off the side of your bed to zombie walk to the bathroom. The first noise of the day is cold water running from the faucet and smashing against the surface of the sink. You turn on the light and squint at the reflection in the mirror. Splash! Cold water from your cupped hands hits your face and sends a message loud and clear to your central nervous system: “Wake up!” Before you complete another thought, you’re in the kitchen with the coffee maker switched on, impatiently waiting for the pot to fill with enough coffee for that first cup. Each blink of the eye gets heavier as you fight fatigue. The lights are on, but no one is home. After what feels like an eternity, the coffee stops brewing and you pour it, scalding hot, from the pot into your cup. You raise the cup to your lips, inhale the aroma, and take a small first sip. Suddenly, all seems right in the world. You look at the clock and realize twenty minutes have passed and you have to leave the house within the next half hour. Your mind races. Sip. Without a thought, you turn back towards the bathroom with coffee in hand to jump in the shower. Sip. 6:10 a.m. You’re out of the shower and staring blankly into the closet deciding what to wear. Sip. Clothes on, shoes tied, briefcase in hand. Sip. “Am I forgetting anything?” Sip. 6:29 a.m. “I don’t have time to worry about it. I have to go.” Gulp. The ceramic mug hits the counter top with a high pitched “ding” and you rush out the door.