You can spend all that time in your car and at the end of it feel frustrated, angry and demotivated. The perfect way to begin your day’s work!
Here’s a different way to look at the daily commute. Before you start the engine, ask yourself how you would like to feel when you arrive at your destination. Do you want to feel calm? Relaxed? Focused? Do you want to feel energised? Enthusiastic? Motivated? Or do you want to feel angry? Does it suit you to feel annoyed and flustered?
It turns out we have a lot more influence on this outcome than we might think. Even with the realities of dropping/collecting children, heavy traffic and the insane behaviour of our fellow drivers, we can actually get better at choosing our responses to those situations. Stay focused on the outcome – how do I want to feel when I arrive at my destination?
Do you listen to the radio in your car? Do you listen to music? Or take or make phone calls? All of these will influence how you feel at your destination. Do you think that listening to the news or current affairs chatter excites or depresses you? How does soothing music make you feel? How does high-energy music make you feel? How would listening to podcasts or audiobooks make you feel?
Next time you sit in your car, ask yourself how you would like to feel when you arrive at your destination.