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Good day or bad day...It depends

Bill Mann is a special person you've heard me mention before. He is my mentor, my friend and my radio dad. Early in my career, he told me that 85% of the challenges I would face on the streets would happen between my ears. "If you control your self-talk, you'll control your destiny." Bill would remind me. Throughout my career, I've learned that it's not just about controlling the picture you see in your mind, but often you need a different perspective, or as I like to call it: a reframe. As a speaker, I've found that simply getting people to look at things differently is invaluable for their growth.

As we begin this Monday, let's do a little reframe. Read the following statement out loud:

Today is the absolute worst day ever

And don't try to convince me that

There's something good in every day

Because, when you take a closer look,

This world is a pretty evil place.

Even if

Some goodness does shine through once in a while

Satisfaction and happiness don't last.

And it's not true that

It's all in the mind and heart


True happiness can be obtained

Only if one's surroundings are good

It's not true that good exists

I'm sure you can agree that

The reality


My attitude

It's all beyond my control

And you'll never in a million years hear me say that

Today is a good day

Now the reframe. Read from bottom to top and see if you have a better day.

Happy Monday!

Jeff Schmidt is the SVP of Professional Development. You can reach him at You can all so connect with him on X and LinkedIn.

Source: Jeff Schmidt, SVP of Professional Development