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December 10, 2018

Pick one thing to make your day awesome

“Have a great day” is an expression we here every day. It’s an expression of genuine hope that someone will more than fulfill themselves in the hours ahead of them.

It’s an aspirational declaration in the sense that the purveyor of the thought throws the statement at someone, spraying it out with the intent of conveying their good wishes.

Awesome day

There are, however, two missing elements to this laudable intention.

First, with all the chaos and dynamics in today’s world, wishing someone “a great day” doesn’t go far enough.

We need to cheer them on to having “an awesome day”; an unmatched day that blows away their imagination.

If you can’t reach the awesome state, chances are you will fall short of satisfying your expectations.

Second, there should be advice available to help people achieve awesomeness; a template of sorts people can follow to at least have a fighting chance of experiencing a daily high.

In my life and career, I’ve wrestled many days to try and grind out a favourable outcome; I hope one or more of my personal learnings work for you.

Get up early

The day has time limitations so you have to get moving. Awesomeness demands you extract the maximum value of the day; you can’t do that if you’re supine.

Getting up early means you can nap in the afternoon without feeling guilty. If you can’t nap because of what you do and where you are, at least take a moment and breathe…

Nap

Follow your instincts

Leave your plan for the day behind, or at least don’t have your agenda for the day consume all of your day.

Let your day flow. Focus on doing stuff without an agenda because it allows you to discover things; experiencing stuff that is completely new.

Full disclosure: I have difficulty with this and have not mastered my own words.

Write

To give your day closure, write about it — about anything you witnessed that strikes you; an event that is memorable or interesting.

You are an expert on something — your own views and thoughts — so express them. To yourself if necessary, or share them with others.

It’s amazing how people respond to the honest thoughts which are always unique in some compelling way.

I have recently started following the blog of Gabe Anderson, a musician who expresses himself daily. His posts wreak with simplicity and honesty; check him out.

Do something different

Force yourself outside your comfort zone; amazing days aren’t achieved by staying to the script you’ve always followed.

We are all creatures of habit, but habits are boring and are definitely not a source of awesomeness.

Change your routine; do lunch at a different time and with someone you don’t know much about. Make a call — NO! don’t use social media — to someone on your contact list you find potentially interesting.

Cast off the cloak of compliance and do something outrageous. It’s good for your soul and it will serve as a self injected adrenalin rush.

Outrageous

Stay connected

Check in with a friend or family member; all it takes is 15 minutes — you can afford this slice of time, right?

We all need grounding during each day; personal engagement gives us the confidence to march on into the potential abyss that awaits.

We need people who have our back so send a text to “your person” — yup a text to a special person in your life is ok; a personal call is not necessary.

It doesn’t have to be a complicated contact; reach out with emotion and tell them you are thinking of them and ask them how they’re doing.

Solve a problem

Being able to solve a problem and see the result is an incredible day booster; it’s genesis is our education system and what has been drilled into our heads for years — achievers solve problems.

Make sure your day has a problem to solve. It could be a personal dilemma — you annoyed one of your favourite people — or an issue at work — the sales guys aren’t following the marketing strategy.

It really doesn’t matter what the nature of the problem is, what’s important is that today you deliver a solution to something that matters to you.

At the end of the day awesomeness is achieved when we can reflect back on what we’ve delivered to make life easier for something or someone; problem solving makes us feel useful.

Sweat

A body in action is exhilarating; endorphins are released and a high is produced.

Find a way to work your body during your waking hours; force it to do what it was made to do. We were not put here to be sedentary; unfortunately we are the recipients of technologies that allow us to escape arduous activity.

Find a moment or two during your day to push your body to perspire.

Perspiration begets awesomeness.

Feed your mind

Pick an issue of the day that causes you to stir emotionally.

Dive deep to understand the various points of view surrounding it as intimately as you can. One awesome day must be a leading indicator of others to come; your intellect has a major role to play to ensure a continuum plays out.

Exercise your left brain capabilities to augment a strong feeling component of your persona. When your passion is coupled with strong reasoning on your topic of choice, awesomeness happens.

There may not be a formula for achieving total awesomeness for your day, but there are some practical and proven actions you can take to realize portions of it.

Have a go.

Cheers,
Roy

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