It may not dictate the outcome that very day…but the ultimate, long-term outcome is dictated by this daily routine.

  • The obvious
    • The way that my day begins will have much impact on the way that it progresses
    • Do you (I) have a planned daily routine?
      • If you do not, then you are almost in advance deciding not to have extraordinary outcomes
      • What does it take to make a plan? Willingness
    • Do you (I) adhere to it?
      • Do a daily inventory: that which can be measured can be improved
    • Do you (I) recognize momentum?
      • Recognize both the positive and potential negative aspects of momentum
        • If I am going in the wrong direction, I need to recognize the massive amount of effort it will take to bring it to a halt, and to turn around and go the other way
        • If I have correct, positive thrust in a direction, I need to jealously guard that
  • My day…
    • Begins early…I am an advocate of this. This is a learned behavior for me. Patterns can change!
      • When we make the morning hours precious hours, my experience is that we get an extraordinarily greater outcome, overtime becoming more successful
    • Morning meditation and recovery meeting
      • Makes quite certain that the decisions that I make in the next several hours will be less selfish and self-centered than they might otherwise be: probably better decisions
    • Mass or a stop at church
    • The gym

**With these things having taken place early in my day, I am just going to have good days!

    • Awareness of nutritional needs
      • If aware, I have a better chance of acting upon
      • If I take care of my body’s nutritional needs, then I have the right kind of energy
    • Planned time with friends
      • I have to be careful that I don’t work my life away, at the expense of my relationships with others
      • If I don’t nurture friendships, then they go away: they’re either getting stronger or weaker
    • Our minds are capable of far more when we do not become single in purpose and focus
      • If a farmer plants the same crop year after year, that same crop takes the nutrients from the soil, and soon it won’t grow that crop anymore

– So –

      • He rotates crops because each one of those crops take a different nutrient from the soil
  • Interruptions
    • What if unplanned interruptions occur?
    • I have come to understand the difference between my crises and someone else’s
    • There are very few things that justify an interruption in my planned schedule
  • Plan the day…
    • But do not plan the outcome!
    • I have no way of knowing what is going on in everybody else’s lives
    • If I am so set on having a certain outcome each day, I will end most days without a sense of peace and ease and comfort
    • I want to be able to measure my activities and behaviors, to make myself eligible for success
    • I can plan the input with the anticipation of a positive outcome over time, but I cannot determine what the outcome is going to be on a daily basis
  • Dr. MLK and CS Lewis
    • Sometimes we have to go back before we can go forward
    • Mary and Joseph in Jerusalem for the Passover Feast…on their way home discovered that they had left Jesus behind and had to go back
    • If I am adding a column of figures, and I add 5 plus 5 and get 11, then no matter the next figure that I add to it, it will never be right unless I go back
    • If we are not right now getting the daily outcomes that we desire, then maybe we need to go back to the obvious…
  • A few observations (from Hawaii)
    • “A distraction”
      • Whenever challenges and problems exist, these create opportunities for leadership to evidence itself
      • If we allow ourselves to become a part of that problem, then that is the antithesis of leadership
      • Leaders, on the other hand, create clarity where there is confusion, take distracting moments and revert those to moments of confidence, though there may be some unknowns
      • Step back and say, “This is an opportunity for me to evidence leadership,” then ask, “Am I yet prepared to act upon that opportunity?”
    • “He makes me feel”
      • No one can make you feel any certain way
      • You are allowing someone else’s actions, attitudes, and decisions to determine what your emotional wellbeing will be
      • Happiness is an inside job – it is not about the external
      • Individually, we get to determine how happy we are
    • Results take time
      • Skills that we’re developing
      • Character flaws that that we’ve identified and moved to a point of neutrality
      • Character flaws that we’ve moved to a point of strength
      • Though sometimes it is intangible to us, others can see the change
      • Results take time and steady, consistent application of effort
    • So…what do you want?***
      • Why do you want it?
      • No, really…what drives you?!
      • Have you counted the cost?
      • Until you quantify specifically and exactly what you want and why you want it, determine if that drive is healthy, and step back and count the cost, the likelihood of a positive outcome is not great

What does any of this have to do with leadership? My first expression of leadership is to describe to you the things that I do that make it possible for my life to be More Happy, More of the Time. The extension of this is that I believe that as your life becomes More Happy, More of the Time, you will be more able to positively influence and impact others.

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