A while back I talked about a great book that I read, Triggers by Marshall Goldsmith. A few days ago I put some time into putting one of the key concepts to work to help me change some behavior for the better. Don’t worry, it’s nothing crazy like rehab, just a few somewhat subtle changes that would help bring more joy to my life.
Back in 2007/2008 I worked on losing weight and was able to drop 60 pounds much more quickly than I’d thought possible. That was the same time that I started running and exercising a lot more. One of the behind the scenes things that made me successful was a simple spreadsheet that I used as a checklist each day. Each item was totally under my control and at the end of the day it provided me the opportunity to reflect on what I had done well as well as see what I did not do well. This reflection both helped me feel completion and success while helping me plan my game plan for the next day. It was wild to see how much that little spreadsheet helped me focus my energy and efforts in the right direction.
Fast forward almost a decade to today. Some of the great habits I had have fallen off by the wayside. Additionally, the changes in life being a decade older have also changed both priorities and goals. As I think about the gap between who I am and who I’d like to be there are more than a few things I’d like to change about how I am living.
I’ve pulled the first six questions straight from Triggers as they are a core set of questions that can help lead to a more joyful life. The next six are specific to the behavioral changes hat I’d like to make. Each day I rate myself on them on a scale of 1 to 10. It causes me to pause, think, and plan for doing better the next day.
Over the course of the day today it’s already led to several things I’ve done differently knowing that I have to answer to myself at the end of the day. It’s kept important things top of mind and has helped keep me pointed in the right direction.
I’m not planning on this perfecting everything in the span of a week, this is a long term project to help me stayed focused. As I feel like I’ve progressed enough on something I’ll take it off. When I think of something else I’d like to work on I’ll add it to the list.
Today has been partially shaped by this simple checklist for the better, and I’m thankful for each wonderful new bit of joy it’s brought. Special thanks to Cheryl, Danielle, & Keli at Express Leadership Academy for bringing this book up!