In the top righthand quadrant of the Hero On A Mission (HOAM) Daily Planner you will find a box titled: If This Was the Second Time I Lived This Day, What Would I Do Differently?
That question comes straight from the psychologist, Viktor Frankl, and his advice for living a meaningful life.
The HOAM course is rooted deeply in Viktor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning.
The idea is, if you want to live the most meaningful life possible, ask that question of yourself at the start of each day.
The beauty of it is that it slows me down long enough to think about what’s really most important to me.
I almost always find myself putting relational activities in this box.
I’ve often heard people say, “At the end of life, no body lies on their death bed and says, ‘I wish I would have worked more.’”
Instead, people regret working too much and neglecting the people who are most important to them.
This box has inspired me to not be so task-driven (which is my natural bent), in favor of being more relationally available and connected.
This week I was talking to other HOAM adventurers about the best part of the daily planning sheets.
Two people I respect a lot said that this box was absolutely the most important element for them.
- Both are parents with young children.
- Both are business owners.
- Both have really sharp minds.
- The mom also runs marathons and is serious about trying to qualify for the US Olympic trials.
- The dad is a great communicator.
- Both are high performers.
And both say they’ve discovered their life is better when they start their day asking the question: If This Was the Second Time I Lived This Day, What Would I Do Differently? And then writing down their honest answer to that question in their Daily Planner.