“This is your life, your one and only life. Don’t miss it.” – Dan Zadra
Many people make “to do” lists to check off items to give them satisfaction that they have life under control. You can find “to do” check list forms at any office supply store or even on line. I have found that another kind of check list is much more satisfying as well as inspiring and even a bit magical. It is a reminder of what you strive to include in each day of your life no matter what, no matter how, no matter when, no matter what.
This second type of list is called a “Ta Da List.” The “Ta Da” approach is all about mindset and attitude. The payoff is to say “Ta Da” to the following questions at the end of every day. Here goes, here are some sample questions, ones that I have been using to keep things in perspective and focus on what I consider important. The residual feeling that you get when you say “ta da” to your success helps you focus and tackle the big issues and challenges you face. At first it may seem “fluffy” and not real important. I challenge you to try it and answer some of these questions at the end of your day. See how “ta da” will work for you.
- Did I wake up and greet the day?
- Did I celebrate simply being alive?
- Did I read something interesting and or pertinent today?
- Did I find at least one good piece of news today?
- Did I learn something new today?
- Did I change something for the better today?
- Did I stop to thank someone today?
- Did I putting something – even just a dollar in savings today?
- Did I find something to make me or others laugh today?
- Did I help or reach out to someone?
- Did I forgive someone (maybe even myself)?
- Did I do something sacred (pray meditate or visit someone who needed a visit)?
- Did I stand up for to someone or something?
- Did I do something ridiculous or fun?
- Did I tell a loved one(s) how much I appreciate them?
- Did I treat my body well?
- Did take a chance on or risk something?
- Did I write down a new idea?
- Did I review my goals of 1, 5, 10 and 20 years and work toward them?
- Did I count my blessings?
I know you are probably thinking how can I do all of that? Practice, my friend it takes practice and while all of the questions may not fit your needs; but I’ll bet most if not all in one form or another will. At the end of a “ta da” day, you will have a sense of accomplishment for a finished project for the boss, or a presentation to the board because of the positive BALANCED mindset you are developing. I challenge you, make a top 10 list of “ta da” questions that will give you satisfaction and then start the “ta das” at the end of your day!