Ever have your entire day ruined by some bad news?
Isn’t it amazing how your entire day can be changed by a couple of written words or even a 30 second conversation.
Think about that day you woke up perfectly refreshed from your bed. The sun was shining outside as you left your home for work.
“Today is going to be a good day.”
You get ready for your typical 45 minute commute to work. As you drive, you notice all the usually choke points have disappeared. Ever traffic light instantly turns green as you approach.
“Man, must be my lucky day!”
As you get ready to depart your car you see your umbrella in the back seat. With the way the sun is shining, you conclude that the 70% chance of showers was not going to happen.
You arrive to the front door of your office building with a pep in your step. Other workers seem to smile your way.
The day will be a great day.
You get to your office and notice an email from your supervisor. It’s marked urgent so you open it up.
“Love your hard work, but unfortunately I can’t grant you that vacation request. We need you for a big meeting on that date.
You owe me anyways remember.”
Bad News, No Vacation!
That email completely caught you off guard. What once was a smile on your face has now turned into a frown.
“You owe me? I’ve been working my butt off, what does he mean that!”
You then remember the weeks of planning with your family for your beach vacation. You promised them that you would be able to make it. How dare your job take away our happiness!
This unexpected bad news has now shifted your entire viewpoint for the reminder of the day!
Does this story sound somewhat familiar?
A single email from a co-worker can make you go from smiling to completely ticked off in seconds!
It’s amazing how often less than 1% of our entire day can make or break our mode!
Bad news can affect our appetites, our conversations and whether or not we actually work out that day.
It can feel like a punch right in the gut!
What to do about Bad News
I wish I could say that you should “just get over it” and move on.
Human beings are too emotional not to have bad news affect them in some way.
Instead of instantly moving on, I suggest you:
Give yourself five minutes of alone time
It’s time to embrace being human! Use those five minutes to get all those negative thoughts & emotions out of your system.
For some, your thoughts and emotional energy will be nothing but anger.
For others it may involve some crying.
As long as you are not physically or emotionally harming another person, do whatever it takes to get it out of your system!
Call a buddy if you have to.
Tell them you need a couple of minutes to vent and let it out!
Once you have it out of your system by addressing it, it’s NOW time to move on by replacing those negative thoughts with positive memories.
Remember all those awesome moments you were having BEFORE you got that bad news? Rewind yourself and get back on that path!
Think about how awesome your day was and will continue to be.
That bad news was only a temporary glitch. Don’t allow it to control your life for hours, days or weeks!
Bad news is going to happen. The mark of being successful is not letting that information keep you from achieving your goals.
Whether that’s your diet, exercise or career goals, always keep your eyes on the overall prize!