Originally posted on Entrepreneur.com, there are three great questions you should ask yourself every morning as soon as you wake up to help you have a great day every day.
Who can I help today?
There’s a famous Plato quote –
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
It’s easy to wake up and have your very first thoughts be, “I didn’t get enough sleep” or “I’m so busy … how will I get it all done?” While those thoughts are perfectly normal, they’re not necessarily inspiring. Everyone has something to offer others. When you start your day asking how you can be of service, it is tantamount to you saying, “I’ve got something to offer. I’ve got something to give.”
That’s a more empowering place to come from in life: offering value. Spend a few minutes brainstorming ideas of ways you can help people and watch throughout the day as new opportunities to help will undoubtedly spring up.
What can I do better today?
This can be as broad or specific as you want, but the point is to conceptualize what positive actions you can take today to be just a little bit better than the day before.
Did you slack off and skip the gym when you know you really needed to go? How can you take a positive step to ensure that the gym happens today? Lose your temper with someone on the staff and you wish you would’ve handled better? Brainstorm how you can approach that person today with a better understanding, and if necessary, an apology for your bad behavior.
It’s not about being perfect or fake -- it’s about trying to make each day’s efforts a little better than yesterday’s errors. Just like success doesn’t happen overnight for your business, you don’t become an excellent leader or entrepreneur quickly. You lean into each day with more wisdom and a greater commitment to improve and excel at your own life.
How can I create value today?
While this may sound similar to asking “who can I help,” this question is about creating value through your work. It’s important to think up the ways your daily work is providing value for everyone. What you do should make a lot of people better off.
It can be through the quality service or superior product you offer or even great content you share, the form isn’t important -- the value is what's important. The value that you're motivated to create will instinctually tie to your mission for best results.