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Just Say “Good”


What do you do when something happens that you didn’t want to happen?  Do you feel sorry for yourself?  Do you cry?  Or do you get mad, rant, and rave about how life is unfair?  If you do any of these things, I am certain you won’t find happiness.  Don’t get me wrong, I have heard a good cry can make people feel better, but I don’t believe any of these things will bring you true happiness.  But there is one thing that you can do that has a much better chance of making things better.  All you have to do is say…“Good.”

Just Say “Good”???

That’s right, it’s that simple.  Here are some examples:

  • Lost your job…“Good”…a better job is waiting around the corner.
  • Just wrecked your car…”Good”…you are alive to learn from your mistake and maybe help others not make the same one.
  • Just broke your foot…”Good”…you needed a break from your go, go, go life and this is the slow down you needed.
  • Your son flunked out of college…”Good”…he has an opportunity to learn from his mistakes and you have the opportunity to help him figure out how to be successful.
  • You gained 15 pounds…”Good”…you will have an even bigger success story when you get down to your target weight.

Is It That Simple???

Well, it can definitely be tough to say “Good” when something we perceive as bad has just happened.  But it is important so that we can lean into what has happened.  You have heard the old saying, “Every cloud has a silver lining.”  Saying “Good” helps you to start looking for that “silver lining” immediately.  You are forced to really look at what happened and learn from it.  You will learn what happened, how it happened, and how it can be avoided in the future.  You can also identify how this thing you perceive as bad can be turned into a positive.  Saying “Good” starts the learning process faster and gets you into analytical mode rather than “get mad” or “feel sorry for yourself” mode.


It can be really tough to say “Good” when something bad happens, but it can be the best approach you can take.  No need to fly off the handle, lose control, or go into a depression just because something doesn’t go your way.  Guess what?  Life will NOT always go your way.  We all have good times and tough times ahead of us.  None of us are immune.  We can choose to let the tough times control us, or step up, say “Good,” and take control of the tough times.  If the road is getting rocky, don’t you want to be in the driver’s seat?  I know I sure do.

Next time something bad happens, in your head say “Good.”  Yes, say it in your head.  If you say “Good” out loud when something bad happens and you are with other people, they will think something is seriously wrong with you.  But there is nothing wrong with saying “Good” in your head.  It helps you come to terms and accept what has happened.  Let this one simple word help you move forward and plan ahead, rather than letting whatever happened pull you down and hold you back.  

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