How do you Feel?
Take a step back from reading this for just a moment and reflect back on your day.
How many decisions do you think you made?
Fifty? More like 100+?
When it came down to making those decisions, did you have ALL the data, or is there a chance you made the decision based on feelings?
Don’t EVER forget about feelings and the power they have in our outcomes.
Mind you, I’m not advocating data not be used. By all means, it should be used 100% of the time where it is available. Surround yourself with people who can paint the most accurate picture of what the data says. But when you have nothing left to support your decision making, NEVER forget about feelings.
Data supports. Feelings enforce and most importantly provide CONTEXT.
Most of us work with human beings every day. We talk, we listen (hopefully), we educate, we sell to human beings. Incase you haven’t engaged with a human being lately…we’re really complex creatures.
Complex = Lots & LOTS of feelings.
Finding out how a person feels about something is vitally important in understanding who they are and what they’re looking for. This can’t and won’t ever be solved via data.
I’m making the argument for more qualitative engagement and not solely relying on quantitative.
At our core, human beings search for connection, and that connection includes the sharing of feelings. Not only the data set of being 25-34, with a son, a wife, business, and a mortgage. Data.
Let me tell you how I feel to get the real story between the lines of data.
ACTION ITEM: I think this is the most under utilized question in business.
How do you feel?
Here’s the thing. It’s Monday.
Are you dreading Monday?
Most successful people I know, or follow, LOOK FORWARD to Monday. They embrace it like the hug of a loved one.
If you work every week of your life dreading Monday, and celebrating wildly on every Friday, I’m going to guess you’re not hitting your BIG targets.
Let me tell you why Monday doesn’t matter in your mental makeup.
Why Monday Doesn’t Matter:
- The swings are too large. The depression of Monday and the elation of Friday set the mind on a rollercoaster ride. Too high. Too Low. Balance and momentum are somewhere in the middle.
- To achieve success (whatever that may be to you), a weekly (and inevitable) Monday can’t set you off your track. Your goals are too big to get kicked in the face weekly for a “Case of The Mondays”
- What does Monday really matter? What does it really matter? There are seven days in a week. I’m not recommending you work every single one of them, but I do think you can work on yourself every day of the week. Leaving Monday out of the mix is like only operating at 85% of optimal capacity.
- Think of the upper hand you’d have over all the “Monday Haters” if you showed up ready to kick Monday’s ass on a weekly basis instead of simply fighting and holding on so that Tuesday may inevitably show up.
You have five really solid days a week to make progress. Not Monday to throw away, and Friday to breeze into a weekend. Make the most of it and I PROMISE you’ll see the change.
ACTION ITEM: Take Sunday night and write down FIVE BIG things you want to accomplish the following week. If nothing else got done, you could live with these five wins. It can’t take more than 10 minutes. Spend your Monday making moves on the five things you wrote down. Watch what happens.