What might feel good at the start of the day doesn’t always feel good at the end of the day.
- Eating cake for breakfast feels fun in the morning and gross by 11am.
- Sleeping in feels sweet when you hit snooze and stressful playing catch up throughout the day.
- Avoiding tough conversations feels easier at times and allows issues to fester and multiply with no solution.
- Making a sarcastic comment in an early meeting seems comical to you and makes an unfavorable impression (you’ll probably never realize) on the person across from you.
What feels good to us sometimes isn’t always good for us.
I am an advocate for self-care, rest, and recovery and I am also cautious about tempering the “Do what feels good” message we are seeing in our overall society and workforce as well. Many of you are familiar with one of my favorite phrases “Two things can be true at once.”
Therefore, today’s Thought Partner is intended to inspire you to start your day with the end in mind. What would feeling good at the end of the day look like for you?
Does the frog above look calm and relaxed or drained and exhausted? Depends on your perspective and how they started and managed their day, I suppose.
- If you want to end the day with energy, make food choices you know you should.
- If you want to stay relatively on schedule, get up when your alarm does.
- If you want to solve challenges and move people forward (including yourself), harness your courage, find the truth, and speak it with as much kindness and positive intention as you can.
- If you want to feel like you’ve deepened your relationships, instead of detracted from them, remove the sting of sarcasm and remain silent or contribute with a productive purpose.
How do you want to feel at the end of the day? I think today I want to feel like the frog I see – calm and relaxed, having done the things I wouldn’t mind telling you about next Monday morning.
What are you going to do at the start of today to feel good at the end of it?
Send me your goals and I’ll be sure to check in with you on Monday to see how you fared!