A few weeks back I had what I considered a really good work day. It started with an exciting problem-solving meeting with a friend and client in the morning, then a cup of coffee in one of my favorite book stores skimming the new book section, and later another meeting with a potential client brainstorming how to grow their business. I drove home that afternoon feeling pretty darn positive about the whole day. I realized that there are certain elements that make up that proverbial “good day” for me, i.e.challenging assignments that I feel contribute in a meaningful way to helping people. If that happens I’m singing a pretty happy tune.
Speaking of singing, every time I hear the phrase “it was a good day” I always fill it in with Ice Cube’s “didn’t have to use my A.K.” I went and found the lyrics and now have a pretty good idea of what Ice Cube characterizes (at least back then in this rap) as a good day 🙂
Just waking up in the morning gotta thank God
I don’t know but today seems kinda odd
No barking from the dogs, no smog
And momma cooked a breakfast with no hog
Plus nobody I know got killed in South Central L.A.
Today was a good dayPlus nobody I know got killed in South Central L.A.
Today was a good day
Today I didn’t even have to use my A.K.
I got to say it was a good day.
Essentially, his list includes:
- No barking dogs
- No hog (bacon) for breakfast
- No AK-47 assault rifle usage
- Meeting with a pretty girl
- Good rolls in dice game
- Excellent basketball performance reminiscent of Michael Jordan
Your good day may (hopefully, in some of those cases) differ from Ice Cube’s. Regardless, he has a pretty clear vision of what is “good” for him. When you have this vision the next step is figuring out how to make it consistently happen.
Think about what equals a good day for you
- at work
- at home
- vacationing or on a day off
If I add these up I begin to get a picture of what a good week might look like and a good month or year. Put them all together and those good days, months and years total life. Go for it!
***Link to youtube video of Ice Cube’s “It was a good day.” NOT WFS (work/family/safe)!! It’s Ice Cube!! ***