Let’s face it, no one ever wakes up in the morning wishing for a horrible day.
The fact is, no matter how many quotes you read, mantras you recite, meditations you do or podcasts you listen to – there are two certainties you can count on as your day unfolds:
1) Prepare for the unknown.
2) Your thoughts will directly dictate how you will show up when the unknown arises.
So, I guess the real question is, “what can you do to prepare for the unknown while setting yourself up for a great day?”
So much effort is spent on defining and refining the methods and means to get through a day but rarely do people spend the time to really consider and think about what success looks like. So much has been written about morning rituals, routines and how to be more productive that one could spend their entire day researching the topic and not living it. People typically get lost in research the mindsets, winning beliefs and mimicking habits of other successful people that they aren’t working on their own success. Researching can be a wonderful experience, but just like scuba diving – one most come up for air.
- Fact: there is no one fast rule to success here and since each person is unique, so will be what you determine makes your day a success.
No matter what you call “the best” – there are several things you can do to set yourself up for a great day regardless of what life throws at you. The first and most critical is to realize:
That you have control over your day no matter what happens.
This statement requires some level of introspection but if you’re still reading this article then good news…you have it. The power of positive thinking has been proven by the Mayo Clinicto alter our moods and as a result our daily experiences. This brings me to the second point worth remembering:
Life is a series of choices you make every day and the rest is how you react to them.
The key words here are “choices” and “you” and understanding that you get to say how your day is going to go, not your boss, partner, friend, loved one, traffic, barista, pet, kid or weather…you and only.
And that brings me to the one thing that will determine if today will be a great day or one you soon wish to forget. The answer is quite simple and something I have already alluded to throughout this piece.
The answer is you.
Yes, having a plan and a system to execute against that plan is important and so is understanding habits and productivity, but so is showing up. What I always find funny when I read the countless articles about the habits all successful people share or any iteration of that topic is that it’s rarely discussed that the one thing they all actually had in common was that they showed up.
I mean really showed up.
Being present isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.
Regardless of how smart, rich or successful you are – you have to show up. There are people who sort of show up, there are people who rarely show up, and of course the people that never show up.
Here is what I have learned after twenty years of working with people:
- The ones who sort of show up, sort of get what they want.
- The ones who rarely show up, rarely get what they want.
- The ones who never show up, never get what they want.
So I leave you with this:
If you had the possibility of having the best day ever – which version of you is going to show up?
The floor is yours: What would your best day look like?
Please leave your comment below as your insights are greatly appreciated and a learning opportunity for everyone reading this article.
Joshua / www.JoshHMiller.com
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