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How to Have a Good Day (Almost) Every Day

A client and I were discussing success and how one has a “successful” day.

I asked him to think about how satisfied he was each day and asked him to rate his satisfaction on a scale of 1 to 10.

“When I think about all I have in my life I should be at an 8 or 9,” he said “but it often feels more like a 5.”

 Then he asked “What about you?” “How would you rate your days on a scale of 1 -10?”

Without hesitating I replied, “Almost every day is a least an 8 or 9.”

We discussed how that was possible. This is what I told him.


Make a Conscious Decision to Have a Good Day.

My good days are not an accident. I expect my days to be 8s and 9s.

I make a conscious decision when I wake up and throughout the day to have a good day.

I focus on what is present not what is missing.

In addition I refuse to be a victim.

I rarely use the words “have to.” I use the words “choose to.”


Control Your Stress and Pace

Everyone has a pace that is too fast when demands become too much.

I consciously avoid things that create stress.

I work “smart.”

I don’t like to rush around at the last minute and I don’t like being late so I plan ahead.

I don’t like traffic so, as often as possible, I schedule meetings to avoid rush hour.

I have a plan for each week, but I rarely experience a day that turns out exactly as planned.

When I don’t finish something, I move on realizing tomorrow is another day.


Take Care of the “Machine”

It’s hard to feel good when you feel physically bad.

I stay healthy.

I exercise, on average, at least 300 hours a year.

I eat well.

I get enough sleep.

All those things help.


Be Thankful and Grateful Each Day

If you wake up each day with your health and you have at least one person you love that also loves you, you’re in the “bonus round.”

I have an amazing wife I adore, a loving family, terrific friends, work that stimulates me, and wonderful clients.

Not a day goes by that I do not realize how truly blessed I am.

And I let people in my life know how I feel about them.

I say “thank you” and I give appreciations–often.

(Did you know it’s neurologically impossible for the brain to access a negative thought in a state of thankfulness and gratitude?

It’s like trying to sneeze with your eyes open. Can’t be done.)


One last secret–my decision to have great days is really a selfish one.

Since I am in essence “hanging around with me” all day, I’d rather be spending time with someone who is in a good mood rather than someone who is in a bad mood.

It’s that simple.

Abraham Lincoln purportedly observed, “People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

Make up your mind to have a good day.

It’s easier than you think.

7 Comments to “How to Have a Good Day (Almost) Every Day”

  1. Thank you for this posting of “How to Have a Good Day (Almost) Every Day”. I’m going to print it out and read it often (and share it)!

    Merry Christmas to you too!

  2. One of your best Michael. Thank you!


  3. I loved this one so much I shared it with my staff. Everyone has something personal going on in their lives, somewhat out of our control. But when we are together here we have a positive attitude and hopefully we can carry throughout our day. Happy Holidays

    • Lou Ann,
      So nice to hear from you and so glad you found the article helpful.
      Happy New Year,

  4. I learned a trick at a training over twenty years ago. The trainer suggested that you start each day by saying twenty times “I’m alert. I’m alive. I feel great.” He taught us some great body movements to go with it. Since my manager had been kind enough to pay for the training, I decided to try what I learned – and that one worked. I did it every day for a year. Now I have other ways to start my day off. For some people, saying something aloud about how great the day will be is a great help.

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