Negativity is a downer and productivity drainer – just like Dan Waldshmidt points out in the article I shared in my G+ post below.
At least it works that way for me, but in that G+ comment stream, one of my connections pointed to an article on Lifehacker (originally posted on Linkedin) which indicates that isn’t the case for everyone. While “strategic optimists” look ahead to the best outcomes when planning to meet their goals, “defensive pessimists” envision what could go wrong and plan how to avoid those things. How are you wired? Good news: studies showed that both types of people are equally capable of achieving. They just find their motivation to act in different ways.
Personally and professionally as a solopreneur, negativity makes me less motivated and less productive. I stay conscious of hurdles and risks, but envision a positive outcome. And while it’s not always easy or possible, I do my best to minimize exposure to chronically negative people. You know the type, the chronic complainers who can’t seem to find anything good about anything or anyone. Thankfully, they’re fewer and farther between than they are plentiful!
I agree with Waldschmidt that avoiding negativity is a must – but we should never lose sight of reality in the process. Those “Pollyannas” who are sunshine and rainbows forever…well, that’s just not natural! It’s not a weakness to feel down at times, get frustrated, or feel scared. It’s human nature. But dwelling on the downsides can be a major anchor to your small business if you consistently focus on what’s wrong rather than doing what’s in your power to put things on the right path or move in a new direction.
Are you a strategic optimist, defensive pessimist, or somewhat of a hybrid? What impact does negativity have on your motivation and productivity in your business?
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By Dawn Mentzer
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