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It’s Day One, Not One Day

Today, we’re diving into a powerful phrase I recently heard on a YouTube video: “It’s not one day, it’s day one.” This mindset can transform how we approach every day on this planet. Let’s break it down, starting with gratitude.

Every week, I kick things off with gratitude because, like all humans, I have a natural tendency towards negativity. This negative bias kept us alive for a hundred thousand years but doesn’t always serve us well today. By focusing on positive comparisons and seeking out the good, we can reframe our perspectives and find more joy in our daily lives.

I’ve been practicing gratitude for months now, and it’s made a significant impact. In the military’s Master Resilience Training, we call it “hunt the good stuff.” Each day, before you go to bed, think about three things that went right and how you can get more of them. This exercise shifts your focus from negative to positive, allowing you to see the good that was always there but previously unnoticed.

Today’s moment of gratitude is a simple yet profound one. On Friday, I drove six hours round trip to pick up my daughter, who is now ten years old, for her birthday weekend. We celebrated with a Pokémon-themed party, and at the end of the night, she told me, “Today was my favorite day, the best day I’ve ever had in my life.” Her words melted my heart and reminded me of the importance of being present and appreciating the little moments.

My daughter has softened me, showing me the beauty in the world and the importance of being strong yet gentle. Her presence pushes me to be better every day. I’m incredibly grateful for her, and she continues to teach me valuable lessons about life and love.

Now, let’s talk business. One of the reasons I do this show is to express myself, share my ideas, and push myself creatively. My ultimate goal is to get in front of people and speak. With my book gaining traction and my new workshop, “The Language of Leadership,” I’m starting to get paid speaking gigs. If you’re looking for conference speakers or workshops, reach out to me. Let’s work together to empower your organization’s leaders.

Today, we’re focusing on the mindset of “day one.” What does this mindset empower you to do? For me, it’s about taking steps toward my big, hairy, audacious goals: building a sustainable speaking career, sharing a stage with Jordan Peterson, and being on the Joe Rogan podcast. Despite having the addresses for both Joe Rogan and Jordan Peterson, I haven’t sent them copies of my book yet. Today, I’m committing to taking that step.

The worst case is that the book gets lost in the mail, but even then, I’ll have taken a step toward my goal. It’s easy to let fear and doubt hold us back, but we must push through. I often talk about doing the thing and showing up, yet I also struggle with taking that first step. Today is about changing that mindset.

Reflecting on your journey is crucial. Self-reflection leads to self-awareness, which in turn allows for self-regulation. This week, I challenge you to reflect on your past actions, identify patterns, and become truly aware of yourself. Look at the last six days, six months, or six years. Did you show up the way you wanted to? Use this reflection to understand your strengths and areas for growth.

Next week, we’ll discuss your battle cries—those powerful statements that help you push through challenges. Remember, every day is day one. Do the fucking thing, tell the fucking world, and show the fuck show up. See you next week.

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Andy Weins

Andy Weins is a fourth-generation entrepreneur, Veteran of the U.S. Army, and speaker. Through consulting, teaching, podcasting, and writing, he is an enthusiastic supporter of Veterans, entrepreneurs, community engagement, individual empowerment, and the environment.

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