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4 Things Negativity Guarantees

Negativity isn’t the opposite of positivity. It is the opposite of gratitude. 

When things are going great your response to success determines your ability to continue succeeding. And when things are going rotten your response can be the rally point your team needs to keep going.

Here are 4 things that being negative will guarantee in your life

  1. You’ll have negative future returns. Poor performance is the love child of a negative attitude.
  2. You’ll have negative friends. Negativity attracts negativity.
  3. You’ll have negative impact on loved ones. Negative people contaminate everything they touch and hurt everyone they love.
  4. You’ll have negative job history. Your outlook leads to your ouster time and again.

Leaders set the tone. Pure and simple. 

Be gracious to one another in how you lead.

Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

2 Corinthians 1:11

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Self-talk

  • Do you believe in yourself?
  • Are you proud of yourself?
  • In quiet moments do you have positive or negative thoughts about yourself?
  • When you are at work, how do you feel about your work environment? Does being there energize you or steal your joy?
  • When you are at home, how do you feel about your home environment? Does being there energize you or steal your joy?

For some people, their whole identity is wrapped up in playing Eeyore in the real life drama they star in. Each day is a disappointment and they exude a “why bother?” attitude.

Others play the role of Charlie Brown. Life could smack them in the face daily, their best friend could humiliate them, and their dreams could shatter– but they wake up with a generally positive life outlook on the next day.

Three things I’ve learned about this stuff that is worth noting:

  1. Anyone can choose to be an Eeyore or Charlie Brown. We all have equal potential to be either character.
  2. How people feel when they are at your home or office dramatically impacts the bottom line. However you measure success at your home or at your office will be greatly impacted by the positive or negative feelings people who are there feel about being there.
  3. A single person flavors the pot one way or the other. I’ve been in negative work environments where one person comes in and is the catalyst for the whole group to feel more positive about themselves. And we’ve experienced the opposite at home when one person has a negative outlook and it ruins it for everyone.

Sadly, many Christians perpetrate the lie that in order to really “get it” as a believer that you need to put on your Eeyore costume. I’ve visited churches where the whole staff has a loser complex. (Their success or failure comes from the same place of dissatisfaction and self-loathing.) And I’ve visited homes so positive they don’t even notice (or care) that they have roaches.

This makes no sense. Jesus didn’t die for us so that we’d wallow in our sin. Quite the opposite. John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

What’s the point?

You might not have the ability/power/opportunity to change anything about where you live or work today. But you always have the power to change the flavor of the pot with your attitude.