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I am a consultant, but unless someone asks me for feedback on things, I don't offer that. When I attend a conference, I focus on the positives, not what they could do differently. When I am at a friend's house, I compliment my host, not offer decorating ideas, and when I am working with a coworker, I don't assume I know the best way to do things; I appreciate there are many ways to get things done properly, and my way isn't always the best way.
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Oh no. You can hear them coming down the hall and are wishing you could hide under your desk. Being on a team project with them can feel like there's no escaping them. You know who I'm talking about: the nay-sayers and folks who seem to go around thinking there's a contest to be won for complaining or seeing the worst out of every situation.
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Unfortunately, unlike second-hand smoke, we cannot legislate against second-hand negativity. First of all, anyone of us we can be "that negative person" at different times. It is actually a natural default to go negative; to assume the worst.
Last week I met Ani at a workshop I was giving. Ani is a very direct communicator and she feels strongly that her own blunt style of communication is best. She has no intention of changing her style and, in fact, has many reasons why she won't change.
True opportunity lies where there is no opportunity. It's the macro version of the stock market adage "Buy low, sell high," or golden age baseball star Willie Keeler's advice for success: "Hit 'em where they ain't."
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Take time to regularly tune into your thoughts. What story are you telling yourself, and how well is that story serving you? When you notice a negative story and a negative feeling associated with it, stop and fill your brain with other thoughts that will serve you better.