The Art of Being Positive

There is nothing easier than being a critic and knocking down others’ ideas. It’s a bit more difficult to come up with a possible solution and win allies to implement it. So, it’s no wonder that the world is full of negaholics at a time when what we really need is more creative-minded, optimistic, futuristic, well-positioned risk takers.

  • What can you do to join the category of realistic optimists and better your chances of being perceived as a leader, a visionary, and a promotable team member?
  • Recognize that repeated negative input gets you attention for the moment — but also labels you as a group misfit and lessens your respect in the group.
  • If you have legitimate concerns, address them before the group adopts an action. Once the group has decided to move ahead on a path, support the decision and get on board.
  • Don’t just shoot ideas down; offer constructive and doable solutions.
  • If you find that you consistently disagree with the group, maybe you need to find a new group that conforms more with your personal ideology. Your continued negativism is a bummer for you and the group.
  • Look for other successful models. Don’t just run things through your own personal and limited radar screen.
  • Once you’ve voiced your disapproval, drop it. Nagging gets you nowhere and gives you a bad name.
  • If you truly don’t understand something, don’t hold the group back with your wariness, arrange for a private tutoring session with the person who proposed the solution.
  • It isn’t cute or savvy to always be seen as the doubting Thomas. Design a more professional image for yourself.

If you find that you are most always in the minority and a nay-sayer, take a good look at yourself. You might need an attitude adjustment. This could be a symptom of something deeper that needs to be addressed. If you don’t, you could be inadvertently holding yourself back from future personal and professional success.