Think of a day that you would call perfect. Picture what you did that day. How did that day make you feel? What if you could create that perfect day each and every day?
For me, that perfect day may look something like this: Get up at 5am, grab my golden retriever and go on a five mile run. I’d come back, make a cup of coffee (or even better yet, coffee would be made for me), and I’d head into my study as I’m cooling down to read some scripture and have a 20 minute meditation. I’d jump in the shower and pray for 15 minutes, and once dressed, join my family for breakfast. This day is looking pretty good so far. I’d drive my kids to school, and return home and work for an hour or two in my study and read my favorite business book. I’d grab my wife and we’d jump on our bikes and ride the path to one of our favorite cafes and have lunch. And we’d leisurely ride back until about 2pm. I’d give her a kiss, put on my golf clothes and head to a golf course. I’d play 9 holes, and for me, breaking 40 would be great but the score wouldn’t be so relevant. I’d meet a good friend for a drink after golf, and I’m back home for dinner with the family. After dinner, I’d hang with my family for about an hour, before heading to bed (early). I’d read and right before falling asleep, I would smile, sigh and thank God for a perfect day.
My perfect day may be nothing like your perfect day. My circumstances or situation may allow me to do somethings you don’t have access to or vice versa (for instance, I don’t live near water and your perfect day may involve fish or a boat!).
Whatever your perfect day may be, what if you could live the perfect day, day in and day out? Who says you can’t?
Ok, maybe it’s not realistic. I get it. You have a job. Family. Responsibilities. You can’t just do whatever you want whenever you want it. Or can you?
What if, on purpose, you could live one perfect day a year? Twice a year? That seems doable. What about one perfect day a month? Now it’s getting interesting. Let’s go for it: One Perfect Day a Week. Could you commit to living at least one perfect day a week?
Creating Your Perfect Day
A perfect day is doing things that energize you. For me, I love to run. Love it. I love golf. I love my family and my wife. I do like to work, and doing 1-2 hours of meaningful work is energizing (not so much the monotonous stuff). I love golf (most of the time). Outdoors, check. Spending quality time with my wife; you bet. Reading. Connecting with God. Ample alone time (I’m an introvert). There’s not too much in my perfect day that doesn’t energize me. Hence, it’s a perfect day.
What energizes you? What are 3-5 things you could do, that if you did monthly would just be awesome. What if you could do that weekly, and if that’s not going to work for you, what about the perfect morning or the perfect afternoon?
My goal is to live the Epic Day once or twice a year. The Ultimate Day once a quarter. And the Perfect Day at least once a month. For me, an Epic Day would be one of those days that blow you away. Maybe it’s spending the day in Paris, or playing a world-class golf course. An Ultimate Day would be skiing out West with my wife and kids. And, well, we went over a perfect day. Doing those things you love to do, but being intentional to make the whole day with those and the things you love.
Now, I know the world doesn’t revolve around me so I can just live my perfect day. But I work with my wife to create her perfect day. And I encourage her. With my teammates at work, I challenge them to live a perfect day and encourage them to use their PTO to do what they love. And now, if you’re reading this, hopefully I’m encouraging you to create and commit to living your perfect day.