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Sometimes we try to go to sleep and we can’t. We wonder if our day was a good one. I’ve wondered it a number of times hours on end. I looked back at the times when I thought I had a really good day and made a realization…just as a child wants to repeat a wonderous experience again and again…I want that again and again.

So, Type A that I am…I made a list. Below is a list of ways to know if you’ve had a good day. This is my list and feel free to add, modify or share yours.

1. You fought the good fight

You gave your work real meaning. You worked really hard at something you care about. You dug deep down inside of yourself and brought that spark out to make something more valuable. Not that it was asked from you but something you did on your own. Steps however tiny were put one in front of another for a purpose, a cause or a meaning. You didn’t just give it your best but something more than you thought you had. You stopped thinking and started doing. Obstacles became lessons learned. Fears turned to experiences. Foes became friends.

2. You go to sleep really tired

As soon as you got to your bed, you did a belly flop. Your shoes were still on. You didn’t care about ruining your pillow with your makeup (I know this from my spouse’s experience:). You couldn’t find the strength to find the remote or the laptop. Your cell phone needed charging but you didn’t care. There was a text you hadn’t seen but you could care less because the sleep was taking you away from your stress.

3. You got to kiss your family good night

You got the amazing opportunity to kiss your loved ones good night especially your kids when they still want those sweet smooches of love. You weren’t on the road traveling to suppliers, wining and dining customers or having an anxiety attack going through the airport security. You were home and got to kiss your loved ones good night.

4. You helped someone

Not because they asked you but because you could and wanted to. You reached out and lent a hand. Made a comforting call that ended up helping you more than her. You stopped by a colleague’s desk just to see how they were doing. Didn’t text, didn’t email…just stopped by to say hi. You opened a door for someone. Held a door for someone that was a little too far but held it open anyway without expecting a thank you but got it anyway. Waived someone to go ahead in front of you, in a nice way. Called a friend in need and did a good deed.

5. Nobody died

In all the chaos of life today, you have to believe that it is awesome to be alive…to be grateful the beat in your heart is strong. To have people in your life who give living such meaning. It’s a good day when those who you love are still around. So many times “Emergencies”, “Fires” or “Serious problems” are never really that serious especially when you look back. Having a perspective of the bigger picture in life can make those ‘big’ hurdles seem not so big.

6. You said yes

You moved forward, moved on, got up, said enough is enough and took a shot. You did something you’ve been waiting to do. You tried something you’ve never tried. You didn’t know how it was going to turn out but you gave it go anyway. You ate something new. Made a new phone call. Tried on crazy socks. Took a new assignment without knowing the outcome. Asked someone new to lunch. At first you didn’t want to go but then you just went with the flow.

I believe that as I learn to deal with stress and anxiety of life and work because of all the uncertainty seemingly everywhere, that each morning I get a new chance to do something meaningful. This list above helps me because I look at it in the morning and it helps set the stage for the rest of the day.

You know you have had a good day when you look in the mirror and realize that you stopped over thinking and Embraced the Chaos! | Bob Miglani

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By Bob Miglani

Bob Miglani is the Author of the Washington Post Bestseller, Embrace the Chaos, which is about learning to move forward in times of change, uncertainty and disruption. He grew up running his family's Dairy Queen store, the subject of his first book, Treat Your Customers. He worked in corporate America for 23 years. Left to pursue a life of passion working in a startup, writing, motivational speaking and learning how to live a life of contribution.

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