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Is the power of positive thinking annoying?

Is the power of positive thinking annoying?

Have you noticed that when you’re really upbeat, feeling good about life and walking around with a smile on your face, some people give you strange looks?

Have you also noticed that many people are quite negative? And they almost seem to thrive on negativity? With these people, the power of positive thinking is like a foreign language.

Think of most business environments. There is a lot of gossip going on; in other words, people talk about others to third parties, enrolling and engaging them in negativity, judgment, and criticism, rather than addressing issues directly with the person in question.

These willing participants look for what’s wrong with everyone and then find a partner in crime and work through these obvious failings together. Nothing ever works out this way, of course, but there’s an almost strange pleasure they take from it.

Needless to say, this is truly a poison in any office environment and does a lot of damage.

When you walk happily with life and love everything about it, it’s easy to understand how this could be upsetting to those who focus on what’s wrong and different—in other words, the negative.

This is because they can’t understand why you are so happy, and your behavior is so foreign to them that you look like an alien!

And they will keep trying to undermine your good mood and tear you down to be one of them.

This is why it’s so important to be selective about who you surround yourself with. If you are the business owner, it is essential to create your team so that people deal with each other directly if there are any problems.

And then only if the problem can’t be resolved between the two of you will they come to you to resolve it. This is a much more adult, constructive and effective way of operating as a team.

Is the power of positive thinking annoying?

The power of positive thinking will only upset those who don’t think and function that way.

So in your business, when you are going through the hiring process, look for the key skills and qualities that will be a perfect fit:

  • an optimistic behavior,
  • great communication skills,
  • a problem solver (vs. creator!),
  • and great charisma, to name a few.

And invite negative-prone team members to come together and focus on the positive, so there’s an aligned culture across the company.

Also in your own life outside of business, really pay attention to who you surround yourself with.

This does not mean excommunicating your family members because they are negative! Your family is your family forever and they are important. What it does mean, however, is being mindful of how much you let them get to you.

If you have less than positive family members, pay attention to how influenced you are by their negativity, and don’t let that happen. Maybe limit the amount of time you see them. But it’s more about you having mastery over yourself.

Have you ever noticed that when you come home and see your family or old friends you go back to the person you used to be in the relationship?

Choose your friends wisely too.

It’s great to have friends for life, but as you get older, you may also find new friends that are a better fit for who you are now.

Surround yourself with the kind of people who support, encourage and inspire you. Stay away from or limit those who bring you down or sabotage you.

The best people to keep in your close circle are those who happily join you in the power of positive thinking.

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