Simple Daily Reminders to Self

It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.

- Robert Goddard

After college, I spent almost 2 years of training as a naval aviator. An important element of that training was the use of checklists in the learning and refresher process. Checklist utilization remains an important part of my business life. It is always a good idea to have a helpful checklist for daily reminders of improvements for your business or your personal life.

I keep a stack of 10 or so checklists that I rotate and update occasionally. I pull out one checklist to read and contemplate for five minutes as a way to start each day. A 5-minute preview of the checklist puts my thinking in the right frame of mind. Here is one checklist example on simple reminders to improve the odds of success in anything that I or my team may be doing:

Sharing … is caring

Imagination and curiosity … are your best assets

Smiles … matter

Strangers … are friends in waiting

You … are the master of your destiny

Community … over audiences

Be … nothing less than remarkable

Play … is the work

Defeat … your doubts

Make you … and the team matter

Remember … don’t let what you know limit what you imagine.

Could this help you start your day?

Mike Schoultz writes about improving the performance of business. Bookmark his blog for stories and articles.