#260: Beware of Negative Thinkers
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
It is easy to write about being positive and having a good attitude. But what about those people who do not recognize themselves as being negative thinkers and thus can not fathom what it means to think positively?
Here is how they think:
* "I can't do it." -- They are afraid of failing and can't picture themselves succeeding.
* "That's not my job." -- They don't take responsibility and show initiative.
* "We've never done it that way before." -- They are unwilling to try something new.
* "Why not leave things the way they are?" -- They're afraid to step out of their comfort zone.
* "It's not my fault." -- They find it easy to blame others rather than admitting fault.
* "No one likes me." -- They think of themselves as unattractive and undesirable.
* "That will never work." -- They are used to mediocrity and status quo and are unwilling to explore better ways of doing things.
Negative thinkers spread rumors and gossip. They resent the successes of others and bask in other's failures. They are jealous, critical and insulting. They assume an "I don't care" attitude. They are reluctant to work hard because they believe someone else will take credit for their accomplishments. They show favoritism. They are braggarts.
Negative thinkers drain the energy from others. They are nearly always in a bad mood. They never seem enthusiastic about anything. They demean any suggestions from anyone else.
This could continue for some time but suffice it to say that negative thinkers are not fun to be around.