Good- whenever we hear this word, we feel desired or approved of. It reflects that, whatever the word “good” is associated with, is just accepted and appreciated by whoever says this word.
I’m borrowing this ideology from someone I respect a lot- Jocko Willink, retired Navy SEAL Commander, who also happens to have a brilliant feature in Tim Ferriss’s book, Tools Of Titans. Jocko’s feature is on page 412, if you have the book. It’s worth a read.
Jocko’s “Good” ideology has helped him deal with massive setbacks, failures, delays, defeats, and disasters all throughout his life of being a Navy SEAL. He deals with them in a fairly simple way- by saying “good”. If someone would call him or pull him aside during a mission or practice and say, “Boss, we got this, that or the other thing going wrong”, Jocko would simply reply saying “good”. And it worked every time as a reminder to his team that there’s always a silver lining to the problem. According to Jocko, he says it, because he means it and that is how he operates. In any bad situation, there’s always a good that is to come from it. As he mentions a few examples:
- Oh, mission got canceled? Good. We can focus on another one.
- Didn’t get the new high-speed gear we wanted? Good. We can keep it simple.
- Didn’t get promoted? Good. More time to get better.
- Didn’t get the job you wanted? Good. Go out, gain more experience, and build a better resumé.
- Got injured? Good. Needed a break from training.
- Got tapped out? Good. It’s better to tap out in training than to tap out on the street.
- Unexpected problems? Good. We have the opportunity to figure out a solution.
Oh and this is my favorite one-
- Didn’t get funded? Good. We own more of the company.
Yeah, all this might sound really cliché and a Mr. Smiley guy advice but that guy, ignores the hard truth. That guy thinks that being positive solves the problem. No, it won’t. But neither will dwelling on the problem. Always, accept reality and focus on the solution.
Nothing’s stopping you, say “good” to everything messed up in your life and you’ll feel alive, you’ll feel you’ve acknowledged and accepted the situation and THIS, shall give you the mental grounds to move forward with or without it.