Negativism

Stormy SeaPessimistic outlook, gloomy and dreadful attitude, doubtful, the lacking of hope and positive expectations

Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition, is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have. D. Carnegie

Dwelling on the negative simply contributes to its power.  Shirley MacLaine

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.  Willie Nelson

 Negativism is a poisonous toxin doing great harm to many of us .It affects attitude, outlook, disposition, and significantly affects all aspects of our lives as well as the lives of those around us. It is a tremendous handicap. It robs us of any chance at joy and happiness. Overcoming a negative attitude toward life is one of the most important things we can ever do. Influencing others to do the same is also a very noble mission.

    When we think of negativism, they are some individuals who will come to our mind. Hopefully, we are not one of them. They are mostly unhappy and miserable and tend to spread misery and unhappiness everywhere. It is as if they have a dreaded disease which is extremely contagious and will willingly spread its germs to everyone they contact. It is one of mankind’s greatest plights. It is often said, “It only takes one negative to overcome the benefits of ten positives.” This wise saying gives us some idea of negativism’s tremendous undesirable influences. A great example of where negativism thrives is in the workplace. Many can relate to this. It is a breeding ground for this disease. Many succumb to this dreaded influence while they are at work. They may arrive at work feeling on top of the world. It does not take long for them to lose their positive outlook. Negatives bread negativism. We are especially vulnerable when we dislike or even hate our jobs.

    Negativism can have disastrous effects in our relationship with our spouse, children, and friends. We have a natural adversity to avoiding being around negative people. They bring us down and harmfully affect us. We are well advised to minimize the harm they do to us. We should avoid being one of these people!

     Choosing to be negative is a choice. We are responsible for our decisions. The way we live is affected by the choices we make. Giving in to a negative outlook is a cop-out; it is choosing unhappiness and misery; and is mental laziness with undesirable consequences. We do not have to live this way. We are made in such a way that we have it within us to choose a more positive approach. Life is what we make of it. Choosing a positive approach rather than a negative approach and sticking to this way of life will pay positive dividends.

Challenge:  Are you a negative person and exude negativism? Always? Often? Sometimes? Not only do you cause yourself harm, you cause harm to others. You can be cured of this disease. First, you have to admit to it and then you must commit to doing something about it. You have to choose between the opposite poles of negativity and positivity. This is one of the most important life changing decisions you can ever make.

WisdomPositive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will. Zig Ziglar

Spiritual: (NIV)

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline. 1 Timothy 1:7

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  Hebrews 11:1

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:13

The more we can understand God’s love and good desires for us, the more we should be positive in our approach to life. As we walk closer and closer with God, we will have increased power and reason to replace negativism with positivism. We will have more and more confidence that we have nothing to fear, that God is in control, and that He has us safely in his hands. It will give us the power to live life with confidence.

Prayer: Help me to avoid negativism in my life. Help me to be positive, a good witness and good example.

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