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What The Successful Do At The End Of The Day
End Of Day Tips For Greater Success
What do successful people do at the end of their day? Is there a right way to go about wrapping up the end of the work day? How do you finish your day? What's on your mind at the end of the day?
Does the way you finish one day have a direct impact on the next? In the opinion of the author, the answer is a profound yes. The end of anything is, in reality, the start of something else. When the day ends, the night begins. When the hour is up, another one immediately starts. Consider the end of anything and recognize that the end of one thing is always the start of something else.
"The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today." ~Elbert Hubbard
In business and in life, how you finish today will have a direct and measurable impact on how you start tomorrow.
Recently, in a debrief session with a client of mine Josh Marks, who's an automotive professional for DARCARS in Silver Spring, MD. started this train of thought with the following testimonial:
"One of the things I have found most helpful about Cardone University is the Motivation section. I use Cardone U twice a day basically as recommended but I have found an additional time of day that really helps me. Right before I go to bed, I will watch one of the Motivation segments. I do this for a couple of reasons. One, it is a good way to end the day on a positive note. Two, and perhaps more importantly, it helps me to program my brain. Many people today know that the subconscious has a lot to do with our beliefs. What we put into our brains right before we go to sleep can determine what our subconscious is working on. I know that if I watch a slasher flick and then go to sleep, I'll probably have nightmares. Well, if I watch a Motivation segment right before I go to sleep, my brain will work on that segment while I sleep. I find I wake up amped up, pumped up and ready to take on the world. As a bonus, my negative thinking is lessened, because my subconscious is filled with the positive messages and they crowd out the negativity. This is an awesome little trick I recommend to everyone."
- 5:15 - 6:30 - Downtime - play and family
- 6:30 - 8:00 - Continue writing a book/do research for an upcoming radio show...
- 8:00 - 10:00 - Watch recorded movie with family (avoiding news)
- 10:00 - Shower, write goals, time with wife, get to bed
Grant finishes his day with family and his goals. He also avoids the news. Grant is on a very strict "No Negativity Diet."
Which raises the question; What about other successful people out there? Is there a commonality? How do people who have reached a high level of success in their life wrap it it up for the day and consequently, start their tomorrow?
QUESTION: When you need answers from heavy hitters, where's the best place to go?
So, without further ado, here are, from Twitter, is a series of responses from successful people. These are in no particular order of importance and these are individuals who are all at various levels of success. See what commonalities exist and challenge yourself to incorporate them into your life.
Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, Good Sam and star of CNBC's show "The Profit" says the "15 minutes of silence" is how he wraps up his day. Not a bad policy considering that a guy like Marcus is probably exposed to a lot of "noise" through out his day.
Silence is the place where we can all reconnect with purpose and reboot.
Reed Timmer's a storm chaser, and a highly successful one at that. So is it any wonder that he's wraps up his day forecasting? What we can take away from this though in the business world is Reed ends the day looking for opportunity and preparing to intercept that opportunity tomorrow.
"Review results, make adjustments, plan tomorrow & schedule priorities so you start the day with a fast-start blueprint."
Dave Anderson is the author of 12 books on leadership, business and sales. Dave is president of Dave Anderson's Learn To Lead, an international sales and leadership training and consulting company.
Roxanne Modaffari is a successful MMA fighter and cast member of The Ultimate Fighter Season 18.
She says, "Think about one good thing that happened that day, whether it be something u learned, or finished, or enjoyed."
She is billed as "The Happy Warrior" and on TUF18, she quoted from the Jedi Code right before stepping into the octagon. That is someone who is connected to the warrior spirit! With that being said, there is real wisdom and intelligence on ending your day on a positive note regardless of how the day went, there was always something good that happened.
Even in the worst of situations, you can always find a positive outcome. You simply have to be willing to look.
"Thank The Lord for the day and ask for a better one tomorrow."
David Sabolsky is a sales manager for Spitzer Chevrolet in Lordstown, Ohio. The Spitzer Auto Group has been in business since 1904. It's important to note that David is a leader first, manager second and that is the foundation of his success.
"two things: First- review days results & plan for tomorrow then give thanks for the opportunities & struggles"
Glenn is the CEO of PCG, a full service internet marketing agency. Glenn's Twitter account says "Husband and Father first." As a CEO and a father, do you think he knows about opportunity and struggle?
"Thankful Prayer & Review of Goals" is how this successful Aflac regional sales coordinator finishes her day. Gratitude and preparation are becoming key elements in a common theme. Take time to be thankful for what is and to look at what will be.
"in all seriousness David, sleep is the most important thing to do. Far too many entrepreneurs don't. Recharge your battery." Sean Moffett is the host of The Moffett Message and a business relationship expert. Sean's point here is centered on recharging. If a car is out of gas, it won't go. Period. This however is not to be confused with "lazy sleep" We all know the difference. One is good for the you, the other is expensive, painful and will not serve you.
Zack Even-Esh is know through out the world as The Underground Strength Coach. "tell your family that you love them" is how Zack finishes up. Look at his Twitter bio and then really let this sink in
"FIRST: Loving Husband & Dad. Next: Author, Man On A Mission, LOVE 2 Help Others Develop Strength In Mind, Body & Spirit. #UndergroundStrengthCoach"
Do it. No excuses. This is finishing your day strong.
Which response was your favorite?
© 2013 David R Bradley