Every day, Ben Franklin set aside time to plan his day. An important focus of his was a simple, self-reflecting question. “What good shall I do today?” Asking this question set Ben on a mission to accomplish as much good as he could. The rest is history.
No, he wasn’t perfect, nor is anybody. Still, Franklin focused on doing as much good as he could. Some say that Ben asked himself the question, not only in the morning but also with every room he entered.
He would try to leave having done some good.
It’s a simple question, but its impact is enormous. We might resolve to do something good for a particular person. Perhaps we’ll discover a way to benefit a group or all people.
We might not believe we can have a large impact, but we can. Sometimes it requires a single action. No, we might never discover electricity and bring a little peace of mind to the world about a weather phenomenon. Many of the inquisitive minds who preceded us, like Franklin, spent so much time discovering things that they didn’t leave a lot for us to discover.
The fact is there are always new things to explore. Humans are a species of evolution (well, if you believe that theory). We might create ways to soften the impact of a hurricane, or we might compliment somebody during a bad day. Either way, asking what good we can do will get us thinking about others. This question is the first mindful step to personal growth and development.
Oh yeah, and don’t forget to execute. Otherwise, you’ll have a lot of great thoughts, which is a good start, but you won’t share your gifts with the world. And who knows, maybe you’ll go down in history.