You know what it’s like. You walk into the office and the receptionist says, ‘good morning, how are you?’ And then you walk on and the first person you see says the same thing.
In fact many people throughout your day will say some version of ‘hi, how are you?’
And of course, they don’t really want to know.
It’s almost like a reflex, the ‘how are you’ reflex, which does not require an answer. In fact it’s best if you don’t answer in any meaningful way. A crucial part of the game is to simply ask the question and make sure you ignore the answer!
I always used to say ‘I’m okay’ or ‘I’m fine’ and barely manage a smile.
Because what’s the point in making an effort when they don’t really want to know anyway.
Well, that is until it all changed.
I was reading a book about energy and impact and I realized that my non-committal ‘I’m fine’ could have huge effect. Especially, if you believe in the power or the energy your word and attitudes bring to the world.
I made a monumental decision.
I decided that if anyone asked me ‘how are you?’ I would respond simply with ‘fantastic’ or ‘marvellous’ or ‘wonderful’. And see what happens.
The impact was instantaneous.
The first thing I noticed was that people were surprised, but then pleased. They smiled in return. And then, so did I.
And the biggest thing I noticed was that it completely transformed my mood and set me up for a much happier day.
The power of one word is that it changes your story entirely. And that’s quite astonishing.
With one commitment and one simple word, the entire environment could be affected.
So, where ever you are and whatever your circumstances, you do have the opportunity to transform your story which in turn will transform your realist.
Your story, has huge impact. Don’t forget that!