Machen MacDonald: RISE and SHINE |

Machen MacDonald: RISE and SHINE

If you were to observe top performing business people, community leaders, and athletes you would find that they value the importance of daily rituals and routines to start off and optimize their days. It’s more than getting up at the same time each day and doing the mundane in a certain order. They RISE and SHINE.

Here are 9 steps we can master to create our best day yet.


R — Remember our vision and goals in the eight key areas of our life.

This presupposes we have set goals in the areas of our health, career, relationships, finances, significant other/romance, personal growth, fun and recreation, and our physical environment. Rather than allowing our mind to rush to regrets and worry upon awakening, we must remember and revisit our goals.

I — Inventory our blessings.

Regardless of what is going on in our life, if we are above ground and our heart is beating we have something for which to be thankful. Think of three to 10 things to be grateful for in life. Top performers know if they are truly purely grateful, they will have more energy than they will ever need.

S — Set up our day so we can start without wasting valuable decision energy.

Decide the night before what to wear and what to eat for breakfast. There is a reason Steve Jobs always wore a black turtleneck and jeans. It was one less decision to make during the day.

In psychology, decision fatigue refers to the deteriorating quality of decisions made by an individual after a long session of decision making.

Interestingly, it is not the complexity of the decisions that deteriorates the quality, it’s the number of decisions. Find ways to reduce the decisions needed to be made each day. Systems, rituals, and lists are invaluable to help with this.

E — Exercise.

Happy productive people engage in some sort of physical movement that gets the blood and oxygen flowing in their bodies to fuel their brain and their 11 bodily systems.

If you don’t think oxygen is important to your brain and body try doing without it for a few minutes. The level of intensity and type of exercise will vary depending on what stage of life we may be in.

It is wise to pay attention to how we feel as a result of exercising and adjust accordingly.


S — Segment success.

Rather than attempting to have one big successful day, chunk the day into segments that can be won and felt good about. Rather than looking at your day as having a bunch of meetings to get through, be mindful of the next meeting.

Set an intention for what a desired outcome for the meeting needs to be. How do we want to be in the meeting? What do we want to get accomplished? How do we want to impact others?

Even if the next segment of the day is going to the grocery store; set it up so it can be an enjoyable experience? Be intentional with how quickly we can get out? How much money can we save? How can we make healthier eating decisions?

Who might we serendipitously meet or run into that we could serve or could serve us? During our commute to work, what is an audio book with which we can leverage our drive time?

H — Honor our self, our journey and our acquired talents.

There is only one you and you are unique. Throughout the day there will be times to step up. Be willing to rise to the occasion regardless of any fear that may be going on. It’s stepping through the awkward and uncomfortable muck that strengthens our character and capacity to do and have even more in our life.

Seek the perspective — what we may be confronted with as something we get to do rather than something we have to do. Remember, there is always someone else that is worse off than we are and would by happy to have our set of problems and challenges versus what they are up against in their life.

I — Ignite our purpose throughout the day.

I believe there is a reason we are here. There is a unique talent we can all come to find in ourselves; and by exercising that unique talent we can profoundly impact others. Keep in mind with all that we do and with the people we meet to reignite that flame so it shines bright for all to see.

N — Never, never, never give up.

There will surely be times in our life where we don’t see the way, and there is always a way. Be willing to persevere. We may lose sight of our goals when the going gets tough. We must create a mechanism or system to get our goals in the forefront of our mind when the stuff hits the fan.

That will be what pulls us through the adversity. There is never a shortage of resources only a shortage of resourcefulness. We must ask for the help we need to keep on going.

E — End each day by acknowledging what went well and what was accomplished.

Some things we may judge as bad or wrong may have found their way into our day. Let go and learn from them quickly so as to begin tomorrow with unbridled inspiration.

As you review the day be curious of what was learned and what growth occurred. Review the schedule for tomorrow and imagine having a successful tomorrow.

This next week, I invite you to launch yourself into the life to which you aspire by putting into place these focused nine steps and make them your habit going forward.

If you don’t like the results after only a week of doing this, you can have your old life back. No questions asked.

Make it up, make it fun, and get it done!

#1 bestselling author Machen P. MacDonad, CPCC, CCSC is a certified life and business coach with ProBrilliance Leadership Institute in Grass Valley. He helps business people gain more confidence and clarity to live their ideal life. He can be reached at and 530-273-8000.

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