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“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” ~ Lao Tzu
Today our guest is Gina Johnson, from goodthingz. Gina is a life/business coach based out of Illinois. About a year ago, she created the goodthingz site, as a way to really focus on the good things that were uplifting and energizing for her. This is a wonderful story of how we truly become what we think.
Below Gina shares her story, as she has continues her true peak journey.
Please read and enjoy…
Almost one year ago, I decided to start a social networking site aimed at inspiring people to live positive and productive lives. goodthingz is the name of the site, and it is the home of the goodthingz movement.
What is this goodthingz movement all about?
Well, it is really about 3 main things.
- Choosing to be/ stay solution focused when dealing with negative events and/or people in life.
- Searching for and focusing on what is right in life rather than what is wrong in life.
- Celebrating one’s joys and interests with others, and in turn choosing to walk away from unnecessary drama and gossip.
All three of the above sentences can be summed up in four words, “Be the bright side”, and this is the goodthingz slogan. It is a slogan that reminds me that my attitude and outlook are always my choice.
What inspired the goodthingz movement?
I was inspired to start the goodthingz movement after I had been posting on the goodthingz twitter site for about 6 months. I started the goodthingz Twitter account because I was at a dark and lonely place in life. My dad had recently passed away, and I was simultaneously experiencing many other big changes, both personally and professionally. To say the least, there were a lot of stressors, and not a lot of obvious positives surrounding me at that time.
Unfortunately, I allowed my thinking to follow the course of the events/situations around me, and I immersed myself in a lot of negativity. Negativity bred negativity. Negative thoughts led to negative behaviors which attracted negative people. You get the idea; I chose to deal with life’s negatives by being negative, and my reward was unhappiness. Luckily, at some point, I realized I wasn’t going to get my life back on track until I made a point to get my thinking back on track. As a licensed mental health therapist and certified life coach, I was well aware that I could not just tell myself to think differently, more positively, that is. Instead, I needed a strategy, a way to structure my thinking and to follow up with positive/productive actions.
It was then that I decided to make a game out of it. I opened a twitter account, named it goodthingz and challenged myself to find 10 “good things” to post each day. I wish I could say that it was all downhill from there. No, I quickly learned that finding 10 good things to post each day was easier said than done. However, I was determined to feel better, and I knew an adventure in positive/productive thinking and behaving was the treatment I needed. I asked myself what I enjoyed before life (and I) had taken a negative turn, and I returned to those things (i.e., music, art, design, self help articles/books, movies, bicycles, photography, nature, etc). I then made a point to post something from those categories every day.
While at first, it felt as if I was going through the motions, it didn’t take long for me to start experiencing joy when looking and finding my good things for the day. Perhaps, more importantly I noticed that in my downtime, away from work, I was thinking differently, in a more positive/productive way. Rather than worrying or dwelling about the negatives in life, I was dealing with them and moving on. Moving on to learning more about an author that I found while searching for my goodthingz site, or I was off to take a photo to share, or to look up a new song title. I was making time for the good things and it was paying off. Possibly best of all, I was learning how to better connect with other people through positive things vs. negative things. All of the above left me feeling more energized and invigorated. Instead of feeling bogged down by life’s problems, goodthingz gave me more energy to work toward solving those problems. Slowly but surely I changed for the better and so did my life.
After 6 months of posting good things on Twitter and experiencing positive changes in my life, I decided that I would like to create a venue for other people to do the same. I took my idea to Surface 51, a local web and design firm, that is comprised of people I genuinely like and trust. They were immediately on board and after a lot of hard work, the goodthingz site was up and running. We also have several plans for future development on the goodthingz site.
How to get involved with goodthingz
First, visit goodthingz and join our community! Next, find and share your good things with us.
Here are a few examples of how people are currently using the goodthingz site and contributing to the community.
- To develop a more positive and productive mindset. Make a goal to find and post 2-3 good things a day. (It can be anything, a pic of something cool, a story about someone thoughtful, a great song you heard on the radio, or a piece of art your friend showed you.) Don’t sit back and wait for good things to cross your path; go searching for them and bring them to us! The acts of searching for and sharing good things day after day is a proven way to better your overall mindset and mood.
- To maintain and grow an already positive and productive mindset. We are all adversely affected by negativity bias; searching for and sharing good things each day helps prevent negativity from taking hold of us. Even more, finding and sharing good things prevents stagnation and promotes growth.
- To inspire, encourage and motivate others. By contributing to the goodthingz site you are helping to create a databank of good things…a databank that anyone can and will visit to find strength, encouragement, wisdom and humor. You never know when someone will tell you that your post made their day.
- To build and store collections of good things unique to you. Goodthingz gives you one place to store all of the positives you find in life. Are there certain songs that motivate you, certain places that hold special memories, pictures that make you smile, videos that inspire you? Collect them and store them on your goodthingz page. What a great place to return, to share laughs with friends or to find some relief after a stressful day.
It is my hope that goodthingz will mean many things to many people. Perhaps it will mean inspiration to some, safety to others and hope to all. I would love to see you there!