“Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Here is a simple way for a better day, for the best of your life.
While trying to figure out a fun and useful phone application for Getting Results the Agile Way, I found a way to simplify a concept and make it more actionable.
For now, I’m calling the technique, “My Three Wins.” You can use this technique, immediately.
Here’s “the making of” leading up to the idea of “My Three Wins.” I needed to find a way to simplify the idea of thinking in terms of “outcomes” or results, not just doing tasks or activities. I also needed a way to automatically bake in the idea of The Rule of Three. I also need to simplify the idea of connecting your outcomes to your values. I also wanted to make it super simple to feel a sense of progress. Lastly, I wanted to add the fun factor, and help you unleash your inner-hero.
My Three Wins
“My Three Wins” is the phrase that stuck. It’s one phrase to bind them all. It’s a simple one-liner reminder that is very easy to start your day with. Simple ask the question …
… “What are My Three Wins for the day?”
People like to win, and winning makes it a game. And games are more fun, when you set the rules, and in this game, you do. Every day, you choose your adventure and you choose what your three wins will look like.
Example of My Three Wins
You can think of three wins for the day, three wins for the week, three wins for the month, three wins for the year. For example, for today, your three wins that you set out to do might be:
- Win a raving fan.
- Write the code to change the world.
- Have a great day (yes, this is a challenge and a win for many people.)
Those are mini-goals and mini-adventures in action. Whether it’s hit your high note, give it your best shot, write the song to make the whole world sing, lead your amazing team on a SWAT-like mission, make somebody’s day, or simply savor the parts of the day that make you feel alive, YOUR world is your oyster. The beauty of calling out your wins for your day up front, is that you set your focus and you add clarity to what’s important to you. You also make it easy to deal with and respond to the ambiguity and anything that comes your way, throughout the day..
When you think about Getting Results the Agile Way, simply think “My Three Wins.”
If You Set the Rules, You Win the Game
If you remember that, then you instantly and immediately take control of your destiny and each day is a chance to write your story forward. This is also a simple way to set the rules for your success, and if you set the rules, you can win the game.
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