A few weeks ago, Neil and I went to one of our favorite places for breakfast. We hadn’t been there in a while, and it was great to see our regular servers and have good conversation and good food. As always, the macadamia nut pancakes with the haupia (coconut) sauce were amazing. We stayed for a little bit just talking and catching up with the staff. On our way out the door we saw a server trainee walking in. I said Good Morning and told her to have a great shift. She smiled, looked at me and said, “Have a good day on purpose!” Woah, mind blown!!!
The phrase has stuck with me, have a good day on purpose. Easier said than done, right? Or is it? How many times do we just let the day take over and just let it run all over us? We wake up in a good mood, thinking it’s going to be a good day, only to have one little thing happen that sets us on a course of downhill misery that lasts the rest of the day. Or maybe, we wake up in a bad mood and just let it hang over us for the next 24 hours. I know I am totally guilty of letting the day get away from me.
A stub of a toe, a miserable customer, bad customer service on the phone, one bad tip out of a whole day of otherwise great tips…all these things can put a damper on what could be a wonderful day, if only the right mindset was put into play. All that is needed is a little attitude adjustment and we can let the one bad thing go and keep on having a good day as planned.
This has happened to me so many times, especially when I was waiting tables. I blew up every other thing that happened and made it worse, because I didn’t stop the runaway train when I had the opportunity. I just let it roll downhill and I wouldn’t feel good again until I walked out the door at the end of my shift. I wasted a whole day being angry for no real reason at all. Not a great way to work, I know.
So, how do we have a good day on purpose? There are several different ways, but it all comes back to mindset. Waking up every morning and putting it out there that the day will be awesome. For some this might come in the form of prayer. Spending time with Jesus and asking for help in this area works for me. I just have to make sure I do it daily. Others may go with meditation or getting the mind in alignment with visualization. Daily affirmations are a good way to set the day. I find that focusing on things I am grateful for is always a good tool for bringing me back when I find myself going sideways. There are so many different ways to put yourself in the right state of mind. Try a few out and see what works best for you.
I am a lover of quotes. I think positive quotes are a great way to keep the good day happening. I was waiting tables at an Olive Garden in Baltimore, and I noticed one of the other waiter’s server books. There was a piece of paper in there with color blocks and different things written in various colors. I asked him what it was, and he told me it was his quote page. He kept it in front of his money and credit card slips and whenever things were getting to him, he opened up the book and read a few. He said he had pages like this in his house, in his car, just about everywhere, for when he needed a little pick me up. I gave it a try and it worked.
I think everyone can have a good day on purpose, if they take the time to focus on it. It may take some time and sometimes a foul mood might rear its ugly head. That’s okay, it’s going to happen. The point is to see it early and get a handle on it before it takes up the whole day. Let’s face it, nobody likes to have a bad day. But sometimes it just happens, sometimes it just creeps up on us out of nowhere and hits us by surprise. It’s okay. But when you catch on to the fact that the mood is happening and it’s keeping you from a good day, just stop, breathe and let it go and remind yourself you are having a good day on purpose
***Question for the comments…Do you have any tips for keeping yourself in a good mood throughout that day? How to you stop a bad mood from continuing when you are already in one?
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