So, I remembered I needed to pack two lunches as the family was heading out the door.
My wife couldn’t find her jacket.
I forgot my computer halfway to daycare. Had to turn around and go back to the house.
It was the start of a bad day.
And you know what? I think that it is good to have a bad day… or at least a bad section to the day. Here’s why.
One: It jolts us from our comfort zone. On most mornings our household is routine. A little stressed at times, but in most cases our mornings are uneventful. This morning was a jolt to our routine. It reminded me that I needed to make sure I have my to-do list ready each morning. I should have been ready for the extra time to make my children’s lunches, but I wasn’t.
Two: It allows us to practice mental toughness. I know this is coach speech, but it is important in life, too. In sports an athlete or coach has to let go of a bad play. I instruct my football players that they have about five seconds to be mad (or even happy) after a play. Walk back to the huddle mad but walk to the line focused on the next play. It is the same for life. A day is filled with moments; letting one thing affect everything else is a guarantee to having a bad day. And sometimes we let a bad day turn into a bad week, or even month. Or longer.
Three: A bad day can teach us that something needs to change, if we are willing to be honest with ourselves. When things go wrong for a while, something isn’t working. It might take sometime to figure it out, but it is worth it.
So, if you might be having a bad day… cool. I hope you find the benefit from it to change today to a great day.