Vail Daily column: A better than good week
Since I began writing this column more than five years ago, I have ended each one with an encouragement to have a better than good week. And over the years, I have been asked many times why and how I chose that saying.
Well my former boss, friend and mentor Zig Ziglar used the same statement many times when someone asked him how he was doing and it became that I wanted to share with the world. Zig had a few responses to the question of how he was doing and of course all were extremely positive.
An enthusiastic, “How are you, Zig?” might be met with an equally enthusiastic, “Fantastic!” Other responses include, “Outstanding but I hope to be better soon” and “Wonderfully well and thank you for asking.” And my favorite was always, “better than good.”
Now if Zig was to ask someone how they were doing and the person responded with, “I am doing good,” Zig would ask this next question in a leading tone, “Are you doing good or are you doing better than good?” And most people would smile and say, “You’re right, I am doing better than good.” He has also published a book titled “Better Than Good,” which I highly recommend.
Zig has had a huge impact on my life. I don’t think a day goes by where I do not quote him or share one of his insights. And as I think about all of us beginning 2015, what better insight can I share than the encouragement of having a better than good day, week, month or year.
You know the winter saying, “Start warm, stay warm?” Well the same holds true for our outlook and perception in life, “Start positive, stay positive.” If we go out looking for the bad things in life, we will find plenty of them. If we focus on the negative then that is what we will see and feel.
But to what end? Negativity sucks the energy out of us. Usually when we encounter someone who is focused on the gloom and doom of life they appear listless and downtrodden. And it is the complete opposite when we run into someone who is doing better than good isn’t it? They are almost bouncing as they walk, they have more pep in each step, and their passion is shining brightly. We want some of whatever it is that they have.
Well what they have is a better than good attitude. They look for the good in life. They live with an attitude of gratitude. Their glass is way more than half full and they look forward to every encounter and opportunity. And if they don’t find an opportunity, they create their own.
How about you? How are you doing? Fantastic? Outstanding but hope to be better soon? Or better than good? I would love to hear all about it at firstname.lastname@example.org and when we stay positive it really will be a better than good week.
Michael Norton is a strategic consultant, business and personal coach and motivational speaker. He writes a weekly motivational column for the Vail Daily.