As your conscious mind steps out of the way bit by bit, your preconceived notions, assumptions, and baggage go with it. In between letting it all go and pure mindless mindfulness, there’s the stage of concentration, also known as Dharana.
Rather than focus on attaining a quality you already possess, you could instead remind yourself that these qualities are already there. This is the purpose of a sankalpa. Rather than saying “I will,” you are declaring “I already am.”
Take a deep breath in, and then a deep breath out. Now do it one nostril at a time. Otherwise known as Nadi Shodhana Pranayama, nose breathing is just about one of the easiest, most healthy calming and meditation techniques on hand. As long as you're not congested.