Negatives to Positives – Turn Your Life Around!!!Posted: July 11, 2011
If we look up the word negative in Webster’s dictionary, you would find numerous definitions. There are two definitions that stand out to me:
Negative (adj.) – 1. Lacking in constructiveness, helpfulness, optimism, cooperativeness, or the like
2. Being without rewards, results, or effectiveness
Mostly everyone wants to excel and get ahead in one or more areas of their life. One of the reasons for their lack of success is Negatives. It is literally impossible to get ahead lacking in constructiveness, having no help or cooperativeness, and no optimism means no hope.
So if Negatives are holding most back from success. We must learn what Positives are and how switch to them. There are numerous definitions of the word positive in Webster’s Dictionary as well, but these two stand out to me most:
Positive (adj.) – 1. Emphasizing what is hopeful, or to the good; constructive
2. Confident in opinion or assertion; fully assured
Emphasizing and focusing on what is hopeful and what is good will get you on track to life change. After you focus on these points and become confident and fully assured of your direction, you will start the transition of Negatives to Positives.
Below are 3 ways to STOP Negatives and also 3 ways to START the Positives:
1. Stop reading the negative press in the newspaper and watching the TV News! Personally, I only read about relevant business articles in the newspaper from time to time and watch the TV News for the same reason. Everyone acknowledges that the newspaper and the TV News are mostly filled with negativity – murder, fire, war, disasters, etc. Stop feeding yourself with it! Believe me, you can’t help but be informed about major stories one way or another. We are bombarded. There is no need to go looking for it.
2. Stop seeking the negative on the internet!
Ever hear the expression, “You get what you focus on”? If you seek out negativity, you find it and it becomes your reality. I had a friend who, as Y2K (the year 2000) approached, was absolutely convinced that the world would come to an end (almost literally). Every night, he would spend hours on the internet reading about all the terrible things that were sure to happen at the stroke of midnight. He pleaded with me to stockpile food and water. He never spoke to me again after January 1, 2000. He really believed all his fears would come to fruition. He had sought out and focused on the negatives and came to believe them. Don’t dwell on seeking out and reading about negatives.
3. Stop hanging around negative people!
This is the MOST IMPORTANT of all the tips here on stopping negatives. Ever notice that all the folks with negative, small-minded attitudes always hang out together and all the successful, big-minded people hang out together as well? Coincidence? NO! Remove yourself from the negative crowd. Avoid negative people as much as possible. In short, if you can’t change the people you hang around, change the people you hang around.
When you STOP the negatives, you are positioned to START the positives below:
1. Start hanging around positive people!
Positive association is one of the keys to success. Positive association leads to creativity, partnerships, solutions, and bigger dreams. Mark Twain once said, “Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
2. Start reading!
It’s often said that the books you read and the people you associate with determine where you will be in five years. Where do you want to be? Start reading books about people you admire. Read personal growth books, books on success principles, books about others who overcame challenges, and motivational books.
3. Start listening!
Start using your windshield time as a time to learn and grow. Instead of mindlessly listening to music or talk on the radio, pop in a tape or CD. Listen to audio books, motivational CD’s, or even music that lifts and energizes you. Create a mix of music on a CD or IPod that gets you and your attitude fired up for that next meeting, presentation, or prospect.
By acquiring, maintaining, and protecting a positive attitude, you will see your success grow and your enjoyment of life improve. You’ll become more attractive (in every way) and will increasingly find other like-minded people to be around. Your very success depends on YOU going from Negatives to Positives, so get started today!
God Bless and Good Luck in your Endeavors,