If you are like me, you sometimes get thrown off track. Most of a day goes by and nothing I had intended to do is done. At this point in time, I often just write off my day, and hope tomorrow is better. Maybe I even make a plan for tomorrow to be better.
But I've been around for a while. I know that today, right now, this moment, is all that I've got in life. Yesterday is gone, this morning is gone, tomorrow may never be. This is nice and all, but noting this doesn't usually help me get back on track. Today I found something that does.
Every win helps us think of ourselves as a winner. When we have a to do list ten items long, and we've done nine already, we have nine wins already and we get how close we are to done. We can pat ourselves on the back – please do – but knowing we're this close usually gives us plenty of motivation to win our game for the day. It's just one more item.
So this is what I did to put nine wins behind me today so that I could get on with what I intended. I listed a bunch of things I did today – got up, went to pray, ate breakfast, checked my e-mail, got on facebook and commented on some statuses, went over some house plans, worked on a puzzle, put some laundry in the dryer, played Luxor, and took a nap - and then I listed what I still intend to do (write a blog post, contact two potential clients), and all of a sudden I was like wow, I've only got a two items left to win my day. So now, an hour and a half later, I've written two blog posts, played a game with my second son, and made some progress on a course that I am taking. So I have one item left to win today, and I know I'll get it done.
When I look at that list, one e-mail to my potential clients is a no brainer. I can't help but win.
So here is the instant reset: 1 just list what you've already done with no judgment or invalidation, 2 list one item you are committed to achieving today, 3 check off all the items you have already done, 4 notice that you've got one item left, and 5 go do it.