I’ve Been Inspired To Say What Actually Happened

March 28 — I’m a huge offender of saying I’m having a “bad day”. One of the things I’m working on is to say what is really happening or actually happened. Having a bad five minutes or a bad call doesn’t make for a bad day.

The inspiration came from my business coach’s podcast, Creative Warriors. The episode is part of his Talking Stick, Dualities of Being an Entrepreneur. One minute we are on top of the world and the next minute we have our head in our hands. It can be a rollercoaster. Daily.

I knew this and I didn’t know it. Meaning, I know I’m on a roller coaster a lot but I wasn’t acknowledging it. It’s the equivalent to riding an actual rollercoaster and telling someone about only the high or low point. If that is all you said the person would never know what kind of ride you’ve been on. Certainly they wouldn’t want to join.

It’s been challenging. When I speak to people I’m already constantly correcting myself when saying things like “never” and “always”. This is the latest in quest to use words correctly. Plus, I’m trying to be very specific. Not a bad morning — a bad cab ride. Not a bad breakfast — a bad dish. It isn’t only for the benefit of others. I benefit greatly from it.

When I give myself firm time limits I am much more likely to get the work done and in a fraction of the time. When I leave the work to be open ended I max out the time. It’s the classic Parkinson’s Law. Giving myself a time limit on what I lump into as unpleasant events also makes me leave it behind. If I say it was a bad day then the entire day doesn’t have a chance to redeem itself from the one small act that I claimed ruined it all. Really it’s unfair to the day.

One thing I can say is the benefits thus far have been great! So much so that I really have been implementing saying the right words and choosing them carefully. This isn’t something you try for a couple days and then forget about it. It is one of the best habits I am forming. Words matter.

Speaking of habits, I’ve acquired a new awful one — watching my sales and opt-in page. Is this what it’s like to be a crack addict? I’m obsessing over it and refreshing the page constantly. This can’t be good.

My end of day gratitude:

  1. Made my first sale.
  2. The support of my friends and family.
  3. Courage to turn down a client.

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