Beware the Naysayers

In the workplace negative people drain the energy. A word of caution, beware the naysayers. You know the type. They see nothing but problems. In their eyes everything of doomed to failure.

We’re On a Roll

This topic is actually a tough one for me to write about as I don’t tend to think negatively and find it difficult to spend much time with people who do. Yet, I think it is important to finish what I started in the articles Don’t Burst my Bubble and Who Says You Can’t Do That? With that in mind, let me continue on the idea of controlling our attitude rather than letting others control it.

Attitude Is Everything

You’ve probably heard the expression that attitude is everything. There have been countless books and blogs written addressing this very idea. Whether you’re in a business meeting, at a party, or even at some family function, the attitude you bring to a gathering will greatly impact how things go for you. In fact, even when you are doing something alone your attitude will greatly impact your results and your enjoyment.

I’ve had some occasions where I had to work with someone who could never see the light at the end of the tunnel. They only saw difficulties. They were the naysayers for whom every opportunity represented nothing but another chance to fail. In essence they saw changes and new ideas as a ticking time bomb, ready to destroy everything.

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But again, beware the naysayers who fit the old description of those with the unique ability, no matter how well things are going, to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Remember, it is true that attitude is everything. I share once again the quote from Henry Ford, “Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right” which is really a version of  Proverbs 23:7, “For as he thinks within himself, so he is.” Henry Ford is simply saying that if you start out expecting to fail you most likely will. In essence you’re beaten before you even start. If you work with people who think failure first you would do well to minimize their ability to influence the attitudes of you and others.

Again, I cannot over-emphasize the importance of the expression beware the naysayers. They will prevent agreement, stop you from taking necessary action, poison the attitude of you and others, impede progress, and generally create a negative atmosphere.

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