The story goes that Benjamin Franklin asked himself two questions every day:
- In the morning: What good shall I do this day?
- In the afternoon: What good have I done this day?
They seem like such simple questions, you wonder why he would even want to ask this of himself. After all, he was an inventor, a writer, a diplomat, a politician, an educator, postmaster, a founder (of the first fire department, police department, and library), a cartoonist and a cartographer. And that’s not even a full list!
Why would he need to ask himself those two questions every day?
Didn’t he see all of the good he was doing?
I think he did it as a way to set his mind to what he wanted to accomplish each day. He was creating his mindset. He chose to focus on doing good and began each day considering what he could do.
He asked in the morning to tell himself, “My goal today is to do good.” To make a difference in the world.
At the end of the day, he wanted to know if he reached his goal so he asked himself again.
We are all often running around trying to get things done, reach our goals, check things off our to-do list. We have school assignments, chores, family responsibilities. But have we done one thing that was good, that made a difference?
And if we asked ourselves that every morning, would we not see more opportunities to do something good as we went through the day. I think so.
What questions will you ask to make sure you don’t miss opportunities during the day? How will you determine what to focus on, your mindset, for the day?
Leave a comment and let me know. I’d love to read your ideas!
Thanks for reading!