“It’s a beautiful day – don’t let it get away.” – U2
The lights go out.
A man dressed in black comes out of nowhere.
He walks calmly to a seat behind the drums.
A sea of 40 year-olds hold up their phones.
The man starts pounding the beat to an anthem we played in college.
70,000 people jump to their feet.
A man wearing a knit hat in 90 degree heat strolls out.
He tears off a guitar riff that sounds like lighting.
The crowd goes insane.
Then a man with purple sunglasses emerges.
The stadium shakes.
Welcome to the Joshua Tree Tour.
I attended U2’s concert in Philadelphia.
It was an amazing experience.
What can U2 teach us about SALES & LIFE?
To SUCCEED in today’s world, we need a plan.
U2 has been rocking for over 30 years.
Even though they are ONE of the most successful bands of all time, they leave nothing to chance.
U2 creates a script for every show.
FOLLOWING a script gives the band the freedom to be their creative best.
This same principle can help us.
Each day we need to WRITE our own SETLIST.
Work off a script to maximize your chances to succeed.
Each morning create your own BEAUTIFUL DAY:
3 Ways to Create A Beautiful Day:
Define Your Priorities
U2 centers each show around their Joshua Tree album.
It’s the heart and soul of the concert.
What needs to be at the heart of your day?
- Write that blog post?
- Send out that customer proposal?
- Have that tough conversation?
Life can come at us in MYSTERIOUS WAYS.
We have to tune out the distractions.
Decide where your focus & energy need to go.
Shun the busy work.
Work on things that matter.
Schedule Your Big 3
Every U2 concert is planned out on paper before Bono’s sunglasses go anywhere near the stage.
The band knows what songs they will sing.
They even know what order they will be sung.
We should do the same.
- Write a list of everything you need to do.
- Narrow that list down to no more than 3 priorities.
- Put your BIG 3 into your schedule.
This is HUGE.
What gets scheduled, gets done.
Bring Your Energy
A U2 show feels like gulping down a triple espresso from La Colombe.
Give your best energy to your top priorities.
What part of the day do you have peak energy?
Early morning? Night owl?
Work on your Big 3 priorities when you’re at your best.
Each day is a gift.
Don’t let it get away.
Go To WAR on your priorities with energy and focus.
Watch your life RATTLE & HUM…