“Have a bias toward action -- let's see something happen now. You can break that big plan into small steps and take the first step right away.” -- Indira Gandhi
Six years ago today I sent out the first Win Your Day! email. I had no grand designs for it and no idea whether people would even be interested in what I had to say. There were 33 people on the list.
I saw a world that was filled with negativity and wanted to do my part to try and shine the light on the positive things that are all around (and most importantly, inside) of each us.
I love my day job, but my mission is to encourage others and help them, even in a small way, to be better today than they were yesterday.
There was some hesitation in sending out the first one because aside from the obvious concern -- who am I to be writing these? -- there was a fear that I would run out of things to say and not be able to come up with them after a while.
I had to push through that resistance.
You’re looking at email No. 1,311 and it goes out to a list of 2,132 people this morning.
Along the way I’ve been asked to do some speaking engagements, an author I greatly admire asked for some input on a book, people have sent me cards and gifts, or asked me to coach them.
Most importantly, though, I’ve received some of the kindest emails in return from the people on this list. Getting those means more to me than I can express, because making whatever small difference I can has always been the goal.
This is a labor of love for me and I want to sincerely thank each of you for being a part of this and allowing me to share my thoughts with you daily.
There are mornings I wake up and don’t feel positive or inspired but knowing that I have people waiting for this email motivates me to push through that and find the good.
Today, accept my sincere thanks for being a part of this list and for giving me a voice. I hope this serves as encouragement to you to take that first step in your life towards whatever your goal might be. Get started. Show a bias towards action and trust that you will figure things out as you go.