Why I Broke Up with Mike Brzezinski - Leadership SHIFT Tip

With spending my early adult years in Washington, D.C., I developed a keen interest in politics and fed it through a variety of outlets. Over the last several years, the balanced perspective, debatable indeed, of Morning Joe with Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough has been one of my morning staples.

But in preparing for 2018, I reflected on my habit and the tone of today’s media coverage and tribalism. In doing so, I remembered a study referenced by Michelle Gielan at the World Happiness Summit last March. Michelle, a former CBS news anchor, turned happiness speaker, shared that if we watch just three minutes of news in the morning, it can increase the likelihood of having a bad day by 27%. Crazy, right?

So during the holidays I changed my morning routine and broke up with Mika. Then I dumped all television news and found other ways to stay engaged, nourish my mind, and maintain my energy.

This small shift reinforced that our NOs are YESs to something else. For me, saying no to television news was a yes to my values of peace, kindness, and health.

So what do you want to say yes to this year?

How about storming the castle?

“I don’t have time for the news clippings. I got my own mission.” 
- Nas