Our lives are the sum total of the choices we make and the things we do each day.  That’s why I’ve developed my checklist for a successful day.

I’ll share it with you in the hope that this will become a check list that you will use for making every day, extraordinary.

Did I tell or show someone that I loved them?

Did I compliment or praise someone I live or work with today?

Did I read a book or listen to a tape that stimulated my thinking?

Did I increase my skill in my profession?

Did I do something for good health?

Am I closer to my goals than when I woke up this morning?

Did I do anything tough or challenging to build discipline?

Did I do something just for the pure joy of it?

Have I taken time to reflect on the lessons of the day?

Have I planned for another successful day tomorrow?

If you can answer yes to most of these questions, you have created a day of uncommon success.

George Santayana said, “There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.”  Live fully–your life depends on it.

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Mark Sanborn
About Mark Sanborn

Mark Sanborn, CSP, CPAE, is president of Sanborn & Associates, Inc., an idea studio dedicated to developing leaders in business and in life. Mark is an international bestselling author and noted expert on leadership, team building, customer service and change. Mark Sanborn graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University. In addition to his work as a business educator and author, Mark continues to be an active leadership practitioner. Most recently he served as the president of the National Speakers Association.

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  1. […] 16, 2013 by graeme · Leave a Comment  My friend Mark Sanborn posted this on his blog yesterday. It’s a great way to think about your […]


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