In the Zone: Rise and Shine, People

Some of you may already know this, but I wrote a book called Wake Up Happy: The Dream Big, Win Big Guide to Transforming Your Life. And I’m really proud of it because writing that book was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I think writing any kind of book is hard, no matter what it’s about and when you write about yourself and share a piece of your soul in such an open way, it makes you feel really vulnerable to anyone (and everyone) who’s going to read it. But in my opinion, if you’re going to write a book and hopefully inspire people, you’ve got to be honest and let people know what your true feelings are. I think that’s just showing respect for your reader.

My idea for the book—my “Wake Up Happy” philosophy—is something that came to me over time. Actually, it came from not always waking up happy: I’m not necessarily a morning person. I wake up tired, like everyone else. But I know my attitude affects more than just me; it affects everyone around me. So, the minute I open my eyes, I set my intentions and I turn on some good tunes. I truly believe that the right music is a great way to start the day. I highly recommend coming up with a playlist of songs that put you in a positive, energetic frame of mind. To give you some inspiration, here are my go-to, never-fail-to-make-me-smile tracks: Michael’s Wake Up Happy Playlist.

The other important part of my “Wake Up Happy” attitude is, no matter what mood you wake up in, it doesn’t have to be the roadmap for your whole day. Don’t look at the problems you think might be present during the day; approach each issue that arises as a puzzle, something interesting you need to create a solution for and then get after tackling it. And when I get to it, I’ll figure it out. But until then, I’m not going to worry about something I can’t control.

When you’re happy, people want to engage with you out in the world. Probably one of the best, free resources you’ll ever have is just being nice. Being kind goes a lot further than anything else you can do in your life because people will always remember that. As Maya Angelou said, “People may not remember a lot of things, but they will always remember how you made them feel.” And that, my friends, is real.