On the surface this sounds like a simple question, but a lot of people have no idea how to answer. It’s not something they spend a lot of time analyzing. But as an entrepreneur, it’s essential to have a very clear answer.
When you’re your own boss, no one is going to define success or acknowledge when you reach a goal unless you do that for yourself. Also, as any entrepreneur knows, it can be so easy to get caught up in the endless cycle of doing more because there are always opportunities for that. The drive to build and improve is part of the reason why you might have become an entrepreneur in the first place. But that forward-looking mindset doesn’t exactly lend itself to acknowledging success in the present or looking back on accomplishments.
That’s why recognizing small wins -- like when you’ve had a good day -- is critical. It will help give you the fuel to keep pushing forward and help you take a moment and smell the roses (something we don’t tend to be all that good at).
The components of a good day will vary from person to person, of course. But as an example, I’d like to offer mine. It wasn’t until I begrudgingly tried yoga, after getting very sick with a thyroid condition following the birth of my second son, that I got serious about creating balance in my life and started a mindfulness practice.
So for many entrepreneurs, I think my version of a good day might be unexpected. Very little of it relates directly to work or my business. It’s not that those things aren’t important to me, but on a good day, I set myself up to perform extremely well and be present at work and at home. A good day means that the three B’s are in order: business is on track, my life feels in balance, and I have bliss, the things that help me sustain happiness.
So here are the essential elements of what a good day means for me:
The key to all this really starts with identifying what’s important to you and where your values lie. After all, “if you can name it, you can tame it.” Of course, values and expectations shift during different stages of our lives, so it’s periodically good to revisit -- your definition of a good day might change.
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