I struggle, when I go to bed on some nights, that I did not complete my to-do list. In fact, yesterday-- I completed, exactly, 0 tasks on my 8-task to-do list. It was also a day that required me to focus more attention as a husband, and father- my core principles, than toward a business.
It strikes me that expectations are both our assets, and our liabilities-- and we have to know when to treat them as assets, and when to treat them as liabilities.
Not meeting unrealistic expectations can result in self- inflicted stress. And meeting unrealistic expectations can result in self-inflicted stress.
Stress is most often driven by guilt on perceptions of being unproductive. But, in reality, guilt is unnecessary and unwarranted when decisions are made aligned with core principles in life.
And, my top core principle is family.
When I speak with parents and students, I share the importance of focusing on small wins or the concept of "no zero days." Sometimes, however, the progress we make, comes in avenues we hadn’t expected on a particular day.
Every decision, every expectation, has a cause and effect relationship to the rest of our lives. Knowing your core principles, in life, will help you realize and accept progress being made.