If you want to be a success, here is a simple tip that is a game changer. One simple decision each morning can change the way you feel, the way you look at the world and how you frame every situation for the rest of the day. Are you ready? Here it is… turn off negative news (from all sources TV, social media etc). That is it, turn it off. Why? Because our level of success is determined by our attitude more than anything else. It is the single most powerful tool we have.
Psychologists have warned us for decades that negative news stories are toxic. Zig Zigler often told us, “Turn it off”. Tragedies from across the globe that we can’t change and do not physically affect us… affect us emotionally. Sensational, sad and tragic stories increase our personal anxiety, can exacerbate depression and can magnify our own personal worries. This can have catastrophic consequences on our business, relationships and personal happiness.
Social media has now added 24 hour a day, live streaming shock and awe to our day. We only need to scroll down our FB feed for 10 seconds to encounter loss of life, abuse, animal cruelty, terror… the list is nearly endless. Each of these posts add to the din of worry, fear and sadness we may already be experiencing. The added stress can magnify our normal, daily emotions…often to the point of self destructive behavior.
When we begin our day with disturbing impressions, it makes it far more difficult to put ourselves in a positive state of mind. We find it more difficult to reach out to clients, book events and be productive. We in effect, had poison for breakfast and it will affect us the rest of the day. It will compound disappointments and setbacks making success nearly impossible. Furthermore, our subconscious mind will begin to look for negative information to reinforce the story we have chosen for the day. Suddenly, everywhere we look will be more bad news.
To be more successful in life and in business, we have to be selective as to what and whom we allow into our personal space. We might want to take a good, hard look at what groups we are involved in. What kinds of chat conversations are we engaging in? Are they making us stronger or are they poisoning us? Negativity, shock value, political rants… can all be hidden giving us a clean slate on which to build an amazing day and an amazing life. Let’s start today!
Research Center’s Internet Project