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GIGO was an acronym used extensively years ago. Not so much anymore. But, the principle is sound. In computer science, GIGO stands for “garbage in, garbage out”. It is the concept that flawed, or nonsense input data produces nonsense output or “garbage”. The truth of that old acronym has never been so applicable as it is today. It can be applied to just about everything in the human experience. What you read, what you listen to, who you associate with, or what you focus on, If you fill your mind with unprofitable reading, harmful television programs or movies, careless and negative people, there will be a very real effect on your life.

Great mentors in my life were always quick to apply this principle to my “disposable” time. Do you know what I’m referring to? “Disposable time” is the amount of time we have remaining for ourselves after our commitments to work and family. This disposable time is where we usually have greater flexibility because “I can do what I want”.

If the principle is true…and it is, then can I suggest one of many places to apply it today? How about in your news media and social media consumption. According to Quora, approximately 90% of all media news is negative. Sensational stories sell. Time Magazine recently said, “approximately 1 in 10 adults in the US checks the news every hour.” Why not take a cue from an old acronym, GIGO. Take a break from the negative things we take into our minds and heart. Here’s a challenge. Limit your news and social media for just two weeks, then email me and tell me if you noticed any change in your life. I genuinely want to hear your story.

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