Staying Up, Up, Up in a Down, Down World (Part II of II)

Cheerful, Upbeat People Reproduce Cheerful, Upbeat People

In the last issue we explored the benefits of greeting people with an enthusiastic "Good Morning!", even when it's 8:00 p.m. The reason is simple: The best way for me to feel upbeat and optimistic is for me to make an effort to make others feel upbeat and optimistic. Admittedly, on rare occasions I get back a less than chipper reply, but from my perspective that's their problem and not mine. For each stinking thinking reply I get, I get back a hundred positive ones. The other reason I say "good morning" is that I always believe the best part of the day is still in front of me. As far as I'm concerned, the use of the word "morning" is legitimate.

When someone beats me to the draw and says something like, "Good morning, how are you?" I always respond in one of two ways. I will either say, "Better than good, and that's an understatement," or "Super good, but I'm getting better!" Almost without exception after an interchange like that the other person is smiling. When I cause someone else to smile I leave them slightly better than I found them, which makes me feel better.

Phase two of this approach to life is what I say when I part company with an individual. Instead of the usual "Have a good day," I say, "I'll see you over the top!", which also brings a smile. Just in case you're wondering if that is the "real world," my answer is, "You bet it is!" One of the interesting psychological truths is that logic will not change an emotion, but action will. This approach is initiating a physical action which will, in fact, make me feel better while also making the other person feel better. This validates the concept that you can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.

Give this approach an honest trial and I'll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!


A talented author and speaker, Zig Ziglar has an appeal that transcends barriers of age, culture, and occupation. Since 1970, he has traveled over five million miles across the world delivering powerful life improvement messages, cultivating the energy of change. Since 1970, an extensive array of Ziglar audio, video, books, and training manuals have been utilized by small businesses, Fortune 500 companies, U.S. Government agencies, churches, school districts, prisons, and non-profit associations...

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