By Greg Deal
Savannah Lakes Village
What would be your perfect day? This is a question author and blogger Brendon Burchard poses in a recent post called “How to Design the Perfect Day.”
View the video blog HERE.
Burchard notes in his video that few people know how to describe their perfect day because they lack intentionality about crafting it for themselves. Taking charge of your days and experiences has major implications for Savannah Lakes Village residents and staff.
Want truth? I fail at intentionally designing my perfect day. I fail every day. I’m one who often lets the day define me. I thrive off challenges – and sometimes chaos. Maybe it is part of my personality, or it could be born of my deadline-oriented experiences in the newspaper business for many years. Regardless, Burchard makes great points that we have to wake up each day with a plan to intentionally create, connect and contribute.
The challenge is to be proactive instead of reactionary. This goes well beyond making plans, writing down goals or keeping a good calendar. This is about how individuals – and our community – move forward each day with a purpose that fuels passion and momentum.
I won’t repeat everything Burchard noted in his video blog, other than to extend an invitation to everyone to get up tomorrow, the next day and every day after that with a plan to make your day in Savannah Lakes Village – or wherever you are – the best day ever. If everyone had that motivation and held those ideals, our towns and communities across the nation would be so much stronger. People would be feeding off others’ inspiration because the inspiration would be reciprocal.
I was telling SLV Chief Operating Officer Kirk Smith the other day that my pastor mentioned that relationships are about two people pouring into each other. If we have nothing to give, we can’t pour into someone else. If we aren’t open to receiving then what do we fill our lives with?
We are so fortunate in SLV to have a variety of opportunities to craft experiences. The “tools” are there, whether it is the lake, the golf, the tennis, the hiking trails, and, most importantly, the people. You can’t take “being nice” for granted. In another blog, this one by Gracen Johnson for “Strong Towns,” Johnson talks about how communities often are so focused on having the best this or that, the residents and community leaders fail to see how just being nice to others is a quality worth touting. “Those people at Savannah Lakes Village sure are nice” is a statement that doesn’t cost one marketing dollar and means more than a hundred ad campaigns.
The conversation Burchard’s and Johnson’s posts spur is how can we help others create their perfect day? When is the last time you reached out to a team member, family member, friend or neighbor and said, “I’m going to set this person up for success today” or “I’m going to help someone else have a perfect day”? If we’ve accomplished the first step of crafting our own perfect days then we should set out to do the same for others.
Let’s take it a step further: As a community, how can we create perfect days for each other in Savannah Lakes Village? This question is one that needs to be answered by residents, community leaders and team members. Do we just wait for things to happen (or not happen) here in the Village, or do we get intentional about making a difference? A healthy sense of place is dependent on the answer. From staff to residents, we all must think about creating, connecting and contributing. Savannah Lakes Village is not in the business of selling homes and memberships. It is in the business of creating life experiences, planting seeds for neighborhood growth, and connecting people to the things that make life enjoyable.
“Crafting” and “creating” are art forms, and you don’t have to be an artist to paint the picture of a perfect day. You simply must be intentional. Team members in SLV must be intentional in their service to others. Everything we do must be a complement to someone else’s perfect day. You see, we can add to or subtract from someone else’s day. Let’s be in the business of addition. Besides, it’s all about positives instead of negatives, anyway, isn’t it? It’s about leaning forward toward the future and enjoying life with purposeful intentionality.
Sometimes the simplest things can help others cap their perfect day. Sometimes what we say or do can inspire someone to become intentional about either creating their own perfect day – or helping someone else create his.
“Lifestyle here can be as creative as one’s imagination and interest,” Kirk said to me in an email. He’s right. Savannah Lakes Village offers something for everyone, but it’s up to each of us to be imaginative and creative about how we help others take advantage of the natural resources and amenities.
Anyone who has watched sports knows effort is motivational. How many times have you seen a team struggling on the field or court, then one player do something spectacular, and the rest of the team is inspired to follow suit? It happens all the time in sports, businesses and communities.
Do you want to have a perfect day? Do you want to infect others with the type of happiness that will lead them to find their perfect day? If you do, then you know you are engaged. Being engaged in your community – creating, connecting and contributing – is how real magic happens. Everything else is an illusion.
Feel free to share your idea of a perfect day in the comments section below.