May 182011

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Have you ever been questioned, attacked or put down for no apparent reason? Have you ever encountered a confrontation you didn’t see coming because there was nothing to confront? Have you ever been dumbfounded by the incredibly childish behavior a grown man or woman displayed in the wake of their own disappointment? At work or at home…

Why do some people have everything they need and are still negative? How do some people make do with so little and stay positive all throughout life? What is it that makes some see the glass half full and others see it half empty? The following quotes helped me see the ‘why’:

“People who project negativity typically have low self-esteem. They feel badly about themselves, and their negativity is simply a reflection of those feelings.”

Hendrie Weisinger

“One always looking for flaws leaves too little time for construction.”

Lewis F. Korns

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”

Winston Churchill

So, it’s in the attitude. Do negative people have low self-esteem? Isn’t that a convenient excuse? I have to believe the quotes are right. In my work as Social Media Manager, I have encountered many a negative person. Whether in person or through social media, negativity spreads like wild fire if you let it. Let it is the operative term here. My advice is to ignore all bad behavior. As a former nanny and babysitter, mother of four and business owner, ignoring bad behavior makes it go away, eventually. Giving any attention to it will make the issue bigger, better, grander and go on and on and on. The following quotes helped me see the ‘what’.

“Negativity can only feed on negativity.”

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“Dwelling on the negative simply contributes to its power.”

Shirley MacLaine

“Negativity is expensive. It costs companies millions of dollars each year.”

Gary Topchik

So how do you deal with negativity in the work place? How do you turn negativity into something positive? How can you prevent it and nip it in the bud as it starts to rear its ugly head? I am closing this one out with some wise advice from some wise men and women. The following quotes helped me see the ‘how’.

“People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong. Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?”

Thich Nhat Hahn

“It is easier to avoid the effects of others’ negativity when we question if an action or attitude is appropriately directed at us. If it isn’t, we can choose to sidestep it and let it pass.”

Sue Patton Theole

“The best way of removing negativity is to laugh and be joyous.”

David Icke

“From the backstabbing co-worker to the meddling sister-in-law, you are in charge of how you react to the people and events in your life. You can either give negativity power over your life or you can choose happiness instead. Take control and choose to focus on what is important in your life. Those who cannot live fully often become destroyers of life. “

Anais Nin

I would love to hear your stories on how you turned negativity into something positive.

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