Daniel Powter released the song “Bad Day” in 2005. It’s still a fairly popular song. I hear it on the radio and in movies. Why is it so popular? I think it’s because everyone has had a bad day. I have. So have you.
Thankfully, I rarely end my day thinking, “I’ve had a bad day.” At the most, something happened that wasn’t ideal but it didn’t ruin my entire day. But, I have had one or two of those days throughout my life. How many have you had? What do you do when you’ve had a bad day?
You’re allowed to have a bad day every now and then. However, you need to get over it quickly so it will not become contagious or habitual. The following three-step process will help you reduce the frequency of occurrence of future bad days.
1. Check yourself – If you look at your day subjectively, you might determine your day was not so bad after all. Maybe you were the reason. What was your attitude when you woke up in the morning? Did you start the day with bad thoughts? If so, every small inconvenience that occurs during the day will seem like such a big deal. You should really be able to disregard those little things.
If you determine you were the reason for the bad day, challenge yourself to start the next day with a different attitude. How you think about things is simply a choice. Will you choose to react positively or negatively?
2. Identification – Assuming you determined your attitude was not the reason for the bad day, you need to identify the cause(s) of the bad day? Were there several little things that happened that accumulated to the level of “bad day”? Or was there one specific triggering event that occurred? You have to figure out the cause before you can determine the solution.
3. Find the solution – Every problem has at least one solution. The difficulty is figuring out what that solution is. The solution will eventually become apparent. However, that may take some trial and error before that happens.
a. Talk – If your issue was due to how someone treated you or what someone did that impacted you, you will need to talk with that person. It is my experience that in most cases, people do not intend to treat others poorly. If you talk with him, he will likely be shocked. He will want to make it right. All you have to do is ask.
b. Stay away – Could you have avoided the negative activity? I’ve boycotted certain businesses because the service is always bad. Every time I would patronize the business, I would walk out frustrated and mad. If it happens more than twice, I decide to stop going there. Don’t put yourself through it.
c. Be patient – Increased patience might have decreased the impact the activity had on you. Was the person responsible for it new or inexperienced? Give a little slack. Remember to treat others the way you want to be treated.
d. Pray – This step is last because it is the most important. Although, you should pray before you even perform step 1, 2 and 3. The power of prayer is amazing. You can accomplish all things through Christ if you are righteous. Make this a daily habit and each day will get better and better.
If you get good at these three steps, you will be able to stop saying, “I had a bad day.” You will replace it with, “Today was great!” You have the power of choice on how you will react to each event during a day and how you will look back on each day. Choose to be positive and your days will be positive.
Be intentional. Be happy. Enjoy success.