Jill woke up at 5:48AM, 12 minutes before her alarm was set to go off. The second she woke up, she thought to herself, “What do I need to get done today?” She started running through the list in her mind. She could feel the stress building in her chest and neck. They tightened up as the list grew larger. She looked at the clock and it said 5:53AM. She rolled over and turned her alarm off. Her husband was still sound asleep. The kids were still sound asleep. She allowed a question to roll around in her head… “Is my list what my life is defined by now?” This routine was every morning. She woke up, stressed out, and started attacking the list. The unfortunate part for her and her family was that she started attacking them too. She wasn’t really mad at them, though. She was mad at her list. Her list was stealing her happiness!
There are too many people in this world that feel the same way that Jill does. Too many of us are controlled by the to do list instead of taking control of the list. Happiness is not based solely on what we get done in the day. Instead, happiness comes from seeing the good in our day and controlling what goes on our lists. What if you changed up the lists in your life? What if you took control of what was on the list and eliminated some of the things that don’t really matter that are on the list now?
Let’s start a better list today.
My List Of Things To Do Today:
1. Smile for 2 straight minutes
2. Do something nice for someone else
3. Everything else…
4. Tell myself about my awesomeness!
When you make sure that the first couple of things and the last thing on your list every day is positive, you will control the positive in your life. Your life is separate from your list. Your list is simply those things that you feel compelled to do during that day. So… feel compelled to be happy!
Your list is not your life. Your life is your life.
To Your Success!
Jody N Holland
Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.