Master the ‘Earning Response’ By Marshall Goldsmith Building good habits...
The morning question
Rise, wash and address Powerful Goodness
What good shall I do today?
Contrive day’s business and take the resolution of the day
Prosecute the present study. Breakfast.
Read, or overlook my accounts, and dine.
Put things in their places
Supper, music, or diversions or conversation
Examination of the day.
What good have I done today?
I didn’t invent this. Credit goes to Ben Franklin, America’s founding father of self-improvement (“A penny saved is a penny earned”).
In addition to including a daily to-do list in his Autobiography (“Rise, wash, and address the Powerful Goodness; contrive day’s business and take the resolution of the day; prosecute the present study; and breakfast”), Franklin also described a longer-term self-monitoring regimen. He listed 13 virtues that he wanted to perfect within himself. (Temperance, Silence, Order, Resolution, Frugality, Industry, Sincerity, Justice, Moderation, Cleanliness, Chastity, Tranquility, Humility.)
Rather than tackle all 13 at once (the quintessential unrealistic goal), Franklin chose one value at a time and fixated on it until he mastered it. Every time he faltered, he marked it down in a book, then added up the blemishes at day’s end. When the total came to zero, he declared victory and moved on to the next virtue.
Although the routine is more than 250 years old, it’s still very contemporary. (It reminds me of NBA sharpshooter Steph Curry’s Rule of 100 shooting drill: Curry practices jump shots from five spots on the court, not moving on to the next spot until he sinks twenty shots in a row. One miss and he restarts at zero.)
It’s the inspirational foundation for Daily Questions.