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I don't know about you, but when someone asks me if I want to hear some really good news, I typical get excited. Of course I want to hear really good news; heck, I would even take just plain old good news.
And then there is always that statement followed by a question. "So, I have some good news and some bad news, which one would you like to hear first?" Some of us want to get the bad news over with first so we opt for hearing the worst first. Others of us prefer to get the good news out and then deal with the bad news next, kind of hoping the goods news softens any bad news that may be coming next.
For me, I always start with wanting to hear the good news first. I prefer this because my hope is that the good news is really so good that we can build upon it and maybe never even have to get to the bad news at all. Or, the good news will put us in a frame of mind where we can respond to the bad news from a position of strength based on our positive thinking.
While at a conference last week I was talking with a few of the people who were in attendance. As we talked about current events and what was happening in the world, a couple of the guys stayed noticeably silent. Me being curious and also someone who reads and watches the news consistently, I asked them for their thoughts on a specific current event. Then one of the two men shared with me that they had actually become accountability partners for each other in a few areas of life, things like fitness, financial responsibility, and they even agreed to turn off all access to news. They had decided it was too sad, it was making them too upset or angry, and they couldn't tell what was real and what was fake. I know, I know, the whole "real" news or "fake" news is news all by itself these days.
That conversation, or one very similar to it, probably plays out in homes and in offices each and every day, and probably sometimes several times a day. It is certainly tossed around the internet like a seed in a windstorm looking for a place to land and hopefully get nurtured, fed, and cared for through someone else's social media feed. You know what I am talking about right? "Press 'Like' if you agree."
I am certainly not here to debate the topic of what is "real" news or "fake" news, but I am hoping to give you another way of thinking about what's important, and that is the "good" news. You can start your company or team meeting off every Monday with "Good News Monday" or end each week on a "Good News Friday." This gives your associates or team members a way to share something positive that has happened to them or a positive outcome at work.
At the dinner table try asking your family members or friends this question, "So what's the best news of your day?" or maybe, "What was the best that happened for you today?" I like these because it gets us away from the disagreements that largely manifest themselves from the opinions of others and instead centers us on more intimate conversations around the good things happening in our personal and professional lives. It gives airtime to the good news and a forum for sharing productivity and accomplishments.
So how about you? Have you taken some time off from your own news feeds? Can you see yourself finding ways to focus on the good news? I would love to hear all about it at firstname.lastname@example.org, and when we think about and remember what the "Good News" is all about, this really will be a better than good week.
Michael Norton is a resident of Castle Rock, the former president of the Zig Ziglar Corporation, a strategic consultant and a business and personal coach.
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