“Here is the secret: bad news is contagious. But so is good news! If you start putting your attention on good news, I promise you, good stuff will happen to you.” – Patrick Valtin
Tell me something good…
Over the past year or so, on my Facebook page, I would randomly pose this statement with a small tidbit of positive motivation for the day, and encourage people to share with me and others what their something good was/is.
Hearing the positive stories from people about the good things that went on throughout their day was a really neat thing. There were simple things from just waking up to what would seem like monumental things such as receiving an uplifting medical diagnosis. But, the important thing that I found was that it did not matter what I felt about the “something goods” shared. Each and every statement was something incredibly important to the person who said it. It was inspiring; it was therapeutic; it was impressive.
There is so much good in the world, and we take for granted. We ignore it; we overlook it. Instead, we see the bad. We focus our energy on the bad; we exhaust ourselves on the negative; we harp on everything that has not gone well.
So much information that gets reported on the news appears to be negative. I saw a quote earlier today that I have not been able to relocate that basically says the news starts by telling you “good evening” then shares a ton of stories and features to tell you that it is not.
When we ask people how their day is going and they respond with “ok” or “not good,” we are quick to ask “What is wrong?” But, when someone says “It’s good” or “I’m doing well,” we usually just say “awesome” or “great” and move on with the conversation.
Today, I challenge you to focus on the good. Open your eyes and see the good things that are happening all around you. Celebrate them, encourage them, share them. Ask others to share their good news with you and celebrate it with them.
Start your day and end your day by asking people: “What went well for you today?” It is fun to do and hearing their stories will keep you focused on the good as well.
Bring your best today! And, tell me something good.