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What to Do When You’re Having a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Businessman deciding which door to useLast week, I had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day — and yet I made a terrific decision.

I woke up on the wrong side of the bed. I was cranky, weepy and surly (sounds like some bizarro Disney dwarfs) and I just KNEW it was going to be a bad day. Everything I considered, said or touched went through a filter of bad energy. I just knew that I was far from at my best, and that there could be consequences to my decisions and actions if I didn’t do something about it. And “making myself feel better” just wasn’t an option.

So what did I do that made an awful day better?

I decided that for the entire day, I wouldn’t make any decisions. I mean, I decided what to have for lunch and what outfit to put on – minor issues – but I decided that any decision that could have lasting impact, big or small, would have to wait. Throughout the day, whenever I had a moment of wrestling with “Should I do A or B?” or “Do I lodge a complaint?” or “Do I say yes or no?” I remembered that I had made my only big decision of the day: not to decide anything.

Let me tell you, when I woke up on the RIGHT side of the bed the very next day, I was very relieved that I had no messes to clean up, relationships to repair or decisions to un-decide.

Having a bad day, my friends? Decide not to decide. It was one of the BEST decisions I made!

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