Motivation Monday: Gossip Girl Be Gone
Each Monday, we're rolling out a new challenge to change the way you think, act, do, or feel. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to be motivated to try something different for a week. And if you love it, keep it going!
This week, we’re challenging you to clamp down on a habit many of us are guilty of – gossip! Whether amongst your friends, coworkers, or family, it can be all too tempting to share scandalous stories, rumours, and whispers.
But as you likely already know, gossip can have negative repercussions. For one, you could be spreading something that’s false, and potentially hurt the person you’re talking about (or worse, your relationship with them).
For another, gossip can put you in a bad light. If you’re overly chatty behind other people’s backs, think about how you’re being perceived by the people you’re gossiping with – untrustworthy, to start. Friends may be reluctant to share what’s happening in their lives. After all, who’s to say you aren’t spreading gossip about them behind their back?
So this week, try to avoid gossiping. If a friend wants to share a story with you, you don’t have to be harsh with them – but don’t add fuel to the fire by sharing another story about whomever they’re talking about. Instead, try to gently redirect the conversation. For example, if a coworker pops by to talk about a project and then adds on some gossip, steer the dialogue back to the project.
If someone is causing you stress, instead of traipsing down the hall to a coworker’s office, try venting your feelings in a private blog, or with someone extremely far removed from the situation, like a parent, spouse, or far away friend. Worst case scenario? Try sharing your pain with your pet.
You’ll be surprised at how much lighter you feel when you aren’t embroiled in potentially toxic talks with your friends all week. While it may be impossible to axe gossip from your life altogether, try your best to keep it to a minimum – if you need to vent, don’t stew on it; keep your stories short and sweet and focus on what you can do, if necessary, to solve whatever issue you’re gossiping about is related to.If nothing else, remember this: minimizing gossip means good karma.