Tell Me Something Good

I begin every coaching conversation, every seminar, and every conference with a simple request, and today I’m offering it to you:

Tell me something good.

“Something good” can be anything that has happened to you recently; something you like; something or anything in your life that is good, be it work, play, family–whatever. Maybe it’s something that has just happened, or it could be something that is about to. I can tell you that sometimes it takes people a while to come up with that “good thing,” but they always do, and so can you.

Right now, scroll to the bottom of this post and leave a comment with your “something good.”
>> Then come right back to this spot. <<


Now that you identified – became aware – and wrote out – acknowledged – something good – 

Noticed what is happening to your state of mind.

As you think about your son or daughter accomplishing something really great, or the visit you just had with a friend or relative, or that really special item you just acquired, didn’t you just change the way you feel? Most will say yes. Just thinking about something good changes our state and usually for the better. The more important question to ask yourself is “who” actually changed your state? You did.

It’s extremely powerful to realize that we have 100% control over our emotional state, and we can change our energy and attitude simply by thinking about and recognizing all the good things that are really happening in our lives. In fact, I believe it’s one of the few things we have total control over.

There are two types of people in the world:
one type are those individuals who believe they have no say in how their day is going to go–they just wake up and it’s like a pinball machine bumping them around from task to task, crisis to crisis.

The other type are those people who seem to show up every day, by design and on purpose, with the right energy and the right attitude.

Which type do you want to be?



If you’re intrigued by this tool, get ready! I am releasing my first book: Quarter Turns-Small Shifts, Big Impact ,and it’s filled with insights, reflections, and strategies to help you reach and surpass your goals. Stay tuned, I’ll share all the details ASAP.

38 Comments On “Tell Me Something Good”

  1. Enjoying finally having a supervisor who is in it for the long haul and who is a great person besides…..

  2. I had the opportunity to attend an amazing customer service training class yesterday!

  3. The fall soccer season starts tomorrow and I’m really looking forward to watching my kids play.

  4. I am a needed member of my team at work!
    And I am pregnant with my second child!

  5. We made the decision to homeschool our son this year and the transformation in his eagerness to learn has been astounding. A tough decision but definitely the right one.

  6. We moved my 80 year old Step Mother from West Bend, WI to San Antonio, Tx this last weekend and it was a great bonding experience for all of our families. My Step Mother is now with her daughter right where she always wanted to be but could never really admit. She is very happy and we are all happy for her. May she live long in TX.

  7. My niece made the Dean’s list for her sophomore year of college

  8. my wife put together a plan to accomplish 10 separate camping trips requiring the use of our tent anytime between may and november of 2015 for herself. some of the trips shes made solo, some with friends, and with me. she has 8 down, of which i’ve been able to participate with her in 3 of them. the end of the this month is number 9, again with me in tow as well as our youngest daughter. going to the catskills in NY, not a place that is high on the camping list of an idahoan but near our daughter’s domicile in brooklyn, NY. susan made a great goal for herself and ran with it. exciting to watch her with it and get the chance to participate. brings a smile to my face just thinking about it and the trip with our daughter to the catskills. now the last one in october……

  9. It’s Friday, and I don’t have anything planned for the weekend, which is unusual. This means I will have time to work on some projects at home.

    My dance teacher is going to send me a link for some instructional DVDs so I can prepare for an upcoming workshop. This means I will have a healthy way to exercise in my home, and I will be able to improve the quality of my dancing through guided practice.

  10. Here are a couple:

    – I’m lining up some golf with my nephew and his Dad for tomorrow.

    – Tim is my friend, colleague and coach and has made a great, positive impact in my life.

  11. Celebrating my daughter’s 8th birthday tonight. Looking forward to Michigan whooping up on UNLV this weekend. #GoBlue

  12. My wonderful Turkish angora, named “The Mean Queen Bean”, was very sick. Today she has been eating more than she has in the last 2 weeks since she’s been on death’s doorstep. We could say she’s RECOVERED!

  13. I solved a problem at work yesterday that has been plaguing me and my teammates for months. It was a GREAT feeling!

  14. Craig and I had planned a 10 day trip to Cabo 10 months ago and here we are! My “good” thing is that the weather forecast everyday up to the morning of our departure called for thunder and lightening every day of our golf vacation. I prayed for a little sun to break through so we could enjoy some outdoors, and it’s only rained one day since we arrived 7 days ago. Yay! We’ve already gotten 2 rounds in and are having a fabulous time! 🙂

  15. I have always believed in a great support from my supervisor, one who will know his team and assign tasks based on their way strengths, but simply because they need the job done asap. So I think fear ends up guiding the team rather than inspiration.

  16. I have always believed in a great support team from my supervisors, one who will know his/her team and assign tasks based on their strengths; not simply because they need the job done asap. I think fear ends up guiding the team rather than inspiration.

  17. We had planned on golf this last Tuesday and set up a lunch date for the foursome. It started to rain heavily and three of the four said well I guest golf’s out. As I was munching my sandwich I said “don’t worry it will stop by the time we’re finished”, not really believing it. It stopped raining and we all had a great time.

  18. After many years of hard work, 40 plus in the food service industry, my wife says we have been married for 13 years and we don’t have anything in our hand. We have been living full time in a 40 foot fifth wheel for the last 3 years and we are at the point now where we have no bills other than our day to day expenses and are purchasing a house. My wife is like a little kid now…she can finally plant her plants and have a home to settle in our golden years!.

  19. My wife and I received an email from our daughter this week thanking us for raising her and supporting her. She graduated from college four years ago and moved to Montana to follow her dream.

  20. In love 🙂 Finally found my better half !

  21. It’s G2E time again, and we are ready to show the Scientific Games has got a great product and some great employees who develop, support and service this great product.. We are stronger together.. One company one goal..

  22. I am a part of a team that inspires me to be a better leader and a boss who believes in me

  23. Reflecting on “Something Good” forces one to reevaluate which “one” good thing to comment about. I would have to say professionally being fairly new to supervisory position I have graciously stepped into a newer realm of duties and responsibilities which in itself can be challenging. With that being said a few subordinates were later able to confide in me and apologize for there past wrong doings within the department and began taking ownership. It was unexpected, appreciated and it truly made a difference in my day.

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