How many day’s in the week are Amazing for you? My guess is close to zero! You’re probably so busy rushing from one thing to the next and have fairly average days….on average 😉
Here’s an exercise out of the positive psychology research that’s designed to give you more ‘Amazing Days’!
Will this practice make you more money? Probably not.
Will it help you be more productive? Maybe.
Will it help you take your business to the next level? Possibly?
So you, maybe thinking,
“What’s the point in doing the exercise?”
Well, you just might have much more fun experience new levels of happiness and enjoy life more overall.
Interested? Read on….
There are two steps to this exercise.
First you need to figure out what is an ‘Amazing Day’ for you. You must increase your awareness of what an ‘Amazing Day’ actually is for you so you can start enjoying life more. In order to understand what makes an ‘Amazing Day’, you must be a careful observer of your day. You must take note of the ‘Amazing’ and the not so amazing days to see if you can start noticing patterns.
Second, once you’ve identified the features of what makes a good day for you, you must ask yourself how can you make sure that your future days have more of the features of your ‘Amazing Day’s and less of the ‘not so good stuff’.
If you can determine, for example, that you always seem to have an ‘Amazing Day’ when go for a run in the morning, or meditated or met friends for breakfast then there are lessons to be learned.
Simply, do the things that lead to an Amazing Day and less of the stuff that doesn’t.
Although this is a simple and obvious exercise, it’s not easy. Most entrepreneurs have never stopped to think about what makes an ‘Amazing Day’ for them because they keep themselves so busy and tend to put their business before themselves. Even if you do stop to think about what makes an Amazing Day for you, the research shows that your answers may not be correct. Apparently, what we think makes an Amazing Day for us and what actually does can be two different things (Kahneman, Krueger, Schkade, Schwarz & Stone, 2004).
To do this exercise, you’ll need a journal, notepad or somewhere to track your results electronically and keep track of what you do during a day. Some people find it easier to journal on an hourly basis, others prefer to summarize at the the end of the day.
Whatever you choose to do, at the end of the day write down an overall rating using this scale:
10= It was one of the best days of my life
9 = It was an Amazing Day!
8 = It was an Excellent Day
7 = It was a very good day
6 = It was a good day
5 = It was an average day
4 = It was a subpar day
3 = It was a poor day
2 = It was a terrible day
1 = It was one of the worst days of my life
Do this for at least 2 weeks and ideally a month. Only review your record when you complete the 2 weeks or month experiment. When it is time to review it, look for the pattern across the days and weeks. Compare your Amazing days with the subpar and below so you can see the difference. I imagine the patterns will pop out at you and you will see what’s making your days better and worse.
For me, I’ve found that when I start my day with a long meditation or do some heart variability training first thing, I feel better that day. Same when I start the day with some type of physical activity that’s fun like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or Soccer. The days I don’t do well are the days where I don’t complete something tangible in the day.
Give this exercise a go and start enjoying more Amazing Days 😀
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