“Have a great day” is an expression we hear every day. It’s an expression of genuine hope that someone will more than fulfil themselves in the hours ahead of them.
It’s an aspirational declaration in the sense that the purveyor of the thought throws the statement at someone, spraying it out with the intent of conveying their good wishes.
There are, however, two missing elements to this laudable intention.
First, with all the chaos and dynamics in today’s world, wishing someone “a great day” doesn’t go far enough.
We need to cheer them on to having “an awesome day”; an unmatched day that blows away their imagination.
If you can’t reach the awesome state, chances are you will fall short of satisfying your expectations.
Second, there should be advice available to help people achieve awesomeness; a template of sorts people can follow to at least have a fighting chance of experiencing a daily high.
In my life and career, I’ve wrestled many days to try and grind out a favourable outcome; I hope one or more of my learnings work for you.
1. Get up Early
The day has time limitations so you have to get moving. Awesomeness demands you extract the maximum value of the day; you can’t do that if you’re supine.
Getting up early means you can nap in the afternoon without feeling guilty. If you can’t nap because of what you do and where you are, at least take a moment and breathe…
2. Follow Your Instincts
Leave your plan for the day behind, or at least don’t have your agenda for the day consume all of your days.
Let your day flow. Focus on doing stuff without an agenda because it allows you to discover things; experiencing completely new stuff.
Full disclosure: I have difficulty with this and have not mastered my own words.
To give your day closure, write about it — about anything you witnessed that strikes you; an event that is memorable or interesting.
You are an expert on something — your views and thoughts — so express them. To yourself if necessary, or share them with others.
It’s amazing how people respond to honest thoughts which are always unique in some compelling way.
I have recently started following the blog of Gabe Anderson, a musician who expresses himself daily. His posts wreak with simplicity and honesty; check him out.
4. Do Something Different
Force yourself outside your comfort zone; amazing days aren’t achieved by staying to the script you’ve always followed.
We are all creatures of habit, but habits are boring and are not a source of awesomeness.
Change your routine; do a virtual lunch at a different time and with someone you don’t know much about. Engage with someone on your contact list you find potentially interesting.
Cast off the cloak of compliance and do something outrageous. It’s good for your soul and it will serve as a self-injected adrenalin rush.
5. Stay Connected
Check-in with a friend or family member; all it takes is 15 minutes — you can afford this slice of time, right?
We all need grounding during each day; personal engagement gives us the confidence to march on into the potential abyss that awaits.
We need people who have our back so send a text to “your person” — yup a text to a special person in your life is ok; a personal call is not necessary.
It doesn’t have to be a complicated contact; reach out with emotion and tell them you are thinking of them and ask them how they’re doing.
6. Solve a Problem
Being able to solve a problem and see the result is an incredible day booster; its genesis is our education system and what has been drilled into our heads for years — achievers solve problems.
Make sure your day has a problem to solve. It could be a personal dilemma — you annoyed one of your favourite people — or an issue at work — the sales guys aren’t following the marketing strategy.
It doesn’t matter what the nature of the problem is, what’s important is that today you deliver a solution to something that matters to you.
At the end of the day, awesomeness is achieved when we can reflect on what we’ve delivered to make life easier for something or someone; problem-solving makes us feel useful.
A body in action is exhilarating; endorphins are released and a high is produced.
Find a way to work your body during your waking hours; force it to do what it was made to do. We were not put here to be sedentary; unfortunately, we are the recipients of technologies that allow us to escape arduous activity.
Find a moment or two during your day to push your body to perspire.
Perspiration begets awesomeness.
8. Feed Your Mind
Pick an issue of the day that causes you to stir emotionally.
Dive deep to understand the various points of view surrounding it as intimately as you can. One awesome day must be a leading indicator of others to come; your intellect has a major role to play to ensure a continuum plays out.
Exercise your left brain capabilities to augment a strong feeling component of your persona. When your passion is coupled with strong reasoning on your topic of choice, awesomeness happens.
There may not be a formula for achieving total awesomeness for your day, but there are some practical and proven actions you can take to realize portions of it.
Have a go.