How to Have an Amazing Day.

Okay, put up your hand if you want to have an amazing day every day.
Hmmm, lemme see (counting the hands)…. yep, all of you.

Ever notice how some people seem to have a lot more ‘amazing’ days than most?
Just lucky maybe?
Privileged perhaps?
Or not.

And have you also noticed how some other people seem to have a disproportionate number of crap days?
Just unlucky?
The universe has conspired against them maybe?
So not fair.

The funny thing is that the people who we might assume would have a whole bunch of amazing days (the rich, famous and beautiful)… often top the ‘crap day’ list.
Look up ‘miserable’ and you’ll see a picture of them.
Some of them anyway.

So glad I’m not rich, pretty or famous.
Okay, I’m pretty.
It’s a burden.

Here’s a theory:
Having an amazing day has got very little to do with what happens or doesn’t happen on a given day, and plenty to do with the attitude we take into every situation, every conversation and every experience… every day.

In other words, having an amazing day is a choice.

It’s not about ‘the day’; it’s about you.

Some ‘Amazing Day’ suggestions:

1. Every morning make the decision to have an amazing day.
I know this sounds too simple to be effective and practical, but it absolutely works.
Every day I choose to have an amazing day and mostly, I have them… not because I (of myself) am amazing, but because an amazing attitude will produce amazing behaviours, amazing conversations, amazing experiences and lessons and in turn, amazing days.
It just does.
Decide to be that person. No matter what happens, have an amazing attitude, do amazing things and create amazing results, by choice. It’s not about situations, events, circumstances, other people or luck…

2. Do what most people won’t.
The tough things.
The uncomfortable things.
The thing which produces results.
Create different standards for yourself… expect more of you.
If you want to be exceptional (different to most), then you need to do exceptional things.
Every day.
If you do what ‘they’ do… you’ll get what they get.
If you want ‘average’… then do average.

3. Ask the right questions every day.
The ones which produce better outcomes.
The ones which put you in a productive, empowered emotional state.
Not the “why did this happen” but rather the “what can I learn from this” questions.

4. Do something out of character.
Break a pattern.
Confront a fear.
Get uncomfortable.
Apologise to someone.
Laugh at yourself.
Choose not to get offended.
Choose not to be precious.
Connect with someone (who needs it).
Swallow your pride.
Surprise your friends, family, colleagues and yourself.
Stop rationalising and procrastinating and start doing.

5. Exercise.
At the very least, be active.
Move your body; it needs love too.
I can hear your heart, lungs and muscles applauding already.
And when your body is happy… your mind will follow.
If you already exercise, do something different.
If you haven’t stretched since 1993… limber up.
If you haven’t done a push up since high school…. gimme ten.
If you haven’t had your heart rate up since ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’… then move your limbs and raise a sweat.

6. Meditate.
Be still… even for ten minutes.
Every day.
Clear your mind of the clutter.
No phone, computer, people, noise, music… complete silence.
Stop hurrying and worrying for a moment.
Step away from the busy-ness of your reality and listen to that still small voice; the one you ignore too much.

7. Listen more, talk less and do more.
Really listen.
You talk too much and do too little.
You’ve thought about it for long enough… do it.
Wanna connect with people?… talk about yourself less.

8. Commit a random act of kindness.
Give (time, energy, money, love) unconditionally.
Low-key, no fanfare, no accolades.
When possible, do it anonymously.

9. React differently.
Find the good.
Find the lesson.
Shock yourself again.
Do what most people won’t.
When you have a reason to bitch, don’t.
When you have a reason to be sad, choose happy; it’s more enjoyable.
Be the change, if not the catalyst for it.
Smile when there’s no need.

10. Address that thing you’ve been putting off.
Procrastinate no more.
Lose the excuse.
Find a reason to do.

“He who hesitates is lost”… hesitate no more.

Okay, I don’t wanna put pressure on you or anything… but I am expecting some pretty amazing days from ya’ll.
Don’t make me come over there and kick your collective asses.
I will if I have to.

Lemme know how you go.

I’m in Queensland giving a presentation today… hello to the team from Invest Blue.

Enjoy your weekend guys… group hug ( )

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Tami October 26, 2007 at 12:34 am

Hiya Craig,

Great post… you really are a good writer.
Thankfully, I always have a great day… it usually begins with your site or equally positive influences (music, daily devotional, and meaningful conversations).
Live by the motto: Attitude determines your altitude (in all areas).
Actually been accused (past and presently) of not caring about situations and circumstances… not true though, I just choose not to dwell on them.
Fixating all my emotional and cerebral energy into an issue is counterproductive and completely destructive for me.
As always, you taught me something…(trying to listen more)!
In this lesson Professor Craig, I learned I need to work on #6, #7, and #10.
Ol’ #10, all the best intentions equal nothing without execution…..

I hope you are having an amazing day in Queensland!
Tami
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jen from mildura October 26, 2007 at 6:01 am

I think I will have to print this as my daily to do list! Sounds a lot more fun than the ones I write :) Thanks Craig.

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Michelle October 26, 2007 at 6:31 am

All so true. Love the wisdom. Love the hugs. Enjoy sunny Queensland. Guessing that even if it’s raining…you’ll still enjoy it!

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Kate October 26, 2007 at 7:17 am

Good morning Mr. Harper…..
Queensland huh??? You have such a hard life!!!! hehehehe
Well…. can I just say I made the decision at the start of the week to do the AMAZING thing, every day (as opposed to just some days!!!) and already it is paying off. Once I changed my mindset and vibration to one that’s positive, happy, and peaceful, (all the time!!!) good things just start happening!!!
As soon as I take action on something (big), everything just falls into place. Or is this possibly saying that these things are just ‘meant to be”!!!! Does it work like that??? If you are on the right path, when you take action, is it easier for ‘stuff’ to happen??? For example…. I have been saying since the start of the year that I am moving to the beach, and after Mondays post (procrastinate no more!!!) I gave notice to my estate agent…. Walked into another one on Wednesday and walked out with a new home!!!! At the beach!!! WOO HOO!!!
I chose to let go of the fear, it was the only thing holding me back. I took a huge leap of faith, and if things don’t quite work out how I want them, then I will learn and do it differently next time….. (and hopefully learn how to not be such a pain in the ass to those around me!!!! Work in progress…!!!)
I am sure you are telepathic…. or is it maybe that everyone has the same shit going on in their heads…. that you know what we’re all thinking and doing… Obviously everyone’s situation is different, but really the scenario is the same!!!!
Thankyou so much for everything…. Your inspiration has been a great motivator… particularly in the last few weeks…
Will see you soon….. maybe… 33 hours to go and the wait is over…
Be good to you…
KK
XXX

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Kate October 26, 2007 at 7:22 am

P.s. Hope you have an amazing day too… Know you will….
KK
aka BT

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Anonymous October 26, 2007 at 7:51 am

Bravo Craig
A complete recipe for life if ever I read one and we don’t even have to go out to shop for the ingredients! Thanks for being an amazing man.
Anon

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Craig Harper October 26, 2007 at 3:24 pm

Hi Tam.

Thanks!

Yep, having fun in QLD… at the airport as we speak.
Er, write.

Er… you know what I mean.

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Craig Harper October 26, 2007 at 3:25 pm

Thanks Michelle.

Everyone needs a hug and they’re free… so why not share?

Enjoy your day/night.

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Craig Harper October 26, 2007 at 3:27 pm

Hello KK.

You are very welcome.
Good luck with your grading… you will be ace.

Let me know how you go..

Peace ( )

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Craig Harper October 26, 2007 at 3:28 pm

Hi Anon.

Don’t feel too amazing right now… but thanks!!

Here… have some Craig love.. ( )

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Anonymous October 26, 2007 at 3:31 pm

You’ve nailed it again Mr Harper. You’re great. Thankyou for teaching me and for being my mentor without even knowing it.

Joselyn
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Craig Harper October 26, 2007 at 3:31 pm

You’re welcome Joselyn.

Thanks for the nice words.

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Anonymous October 26, 2007 at 11:11 pm

Hi Craig,

That’s pretty cool, if only more people would live by those 10 commandment’s then we would have a happier place.

“In order to change, you must change” this is the hardest thing for everyone to understand and do.

Cheers Tanya

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Janine October 27, 2007 at 1:58 pm

I don’t know where to start, I want to commit this as an imprint I can never lose. Kinda makes me excited just to read it but again in such terms that makes it doable for everyone . Thanks Uncle Craig. And just in case , I mean to do more than
read, that might not have been obvious !

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Craig Harper October 27, 2007 at 3:14 pm

Hi Tanya.

Craig’s Commandments… has a ring to it.
Not quite biblical but catchy nonetheless!

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Anonymous August 5, 2011 at 8:35 am

Not a bad collection of ideas! I only have one step: dedicate my day to God, and great things always happen then! :)

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