Think back to the most recent good day you had, a time when you went to bed confident that you’d spent one of your irreplaceable days wisely.
Maybe it was yesterday, or maybe it was a while ago.
Do you know why it was a good day? Can you put your finger on it?
We each have to answer this question for ourselves, but we do get to choose. Our answer reveals a great deal about our personal philosophy.
What makes a good day?
Ingredient List for a Good Day
We’ve each got a formula (whether we realize it or not). Ingredients vary, but they might include:
- Starting a new project that might not work
- Following all the rules
- Reading a book full of challenging new ideas
- Dodging criticism
- Overcoming fear and doing meaningful work
- Doing as little work as possible
- Doing a favor for someone with less power than you
- Avoiding responsibility
- Shipping something you made
- Buying a new toy
- Initiating a new project at work
- Keeping things the way they are
- Giving something away
Two Basic Ingredients
I’ve found two basic ingredients that are present almost every time I have a good day:
- Learning something new
- Helping someone I didn’t have to help
What makes a good day? Your mileage may vary, but these two ideas seem like a good starting point.
And the best part is, we’re in control of both.