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Ever have one of those days when everything just goes wrong? You spill coffee on your shirt as you’re running out the door, miss the bus by a minute, get stuck in traffic, and then… you know the rest. We’ve all had it happen, but have you ever had a day that was so bad it forced you to reevaluate your entire life? Days like this have a way of putting our lives into perspective.
Bad luck is out of our control, but luck has little to do with bad days. Most of the time we have a bad day because we’re just stressed out and we fail to take on the day prepared and organized. Most days we manage to push through without much notice, but sometimes our scattered lives combine with the forces of bad luck into a perfect storm that knocks us to the ground and forces us take a look at ourselves.
When this happens, it’s a good time to evaluate what we’re doing in our lives that’s making us lose control. In fact, one really bad day might just be the catalyst that leads to a really great year! Here’s how a bad day can teach you how to have a great year:
You become clean and organized
A bad day is the perfect time to take a good, hard look at your life and see how many different directions you are being pulled at once. This is part of being in the modern world. It’s also why now, more than ever, it’s important to organize your life.
Maybe you need to buy a whiteboard or calendar to hang on your wall that tells you what needs to be done and when. Looking at it every day will nudge you to take care of tasks sooner rather than later. Maybe your solution is setting up a more regular schedule for your day or programming calendar alarms into your mobile device. When you can stay on top of things, you can take control of your life.
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You will be inspired to set goals
If anything, a bad day will bring out all your frustrations at once. Sometimes the little frustrations will bring out the big ones and suddenly you’ll realize the more general dissatisfactions in your life. With this big-picture angle, it’s easy to begin setting goals for where you want your life to be down the road.
Set a goal for the end of the year and establish milestones throughout the year that will get you closer to it. As you begin making changes here and there, you’ll find that you’re getting nearer to your ultimate goal. At the end, you can look back at all the progress you made and see that you had a life-changing year.
So, next time you have a really bad day, remember that it’s temporary and embrace it for what it is – a chance to turn it into a really great year!