Negativity – What Is It Good For?

July 31, 2010 by  
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That would be – absolutely nothing!  Do you know what can wreak havoc on everything in your life including your home business?  You guessed it!  Negativity!

We have enough challenges to face everyday in this business just to keep our heads above water that the last thing we need is people bringing us down with their crappy attitudes.  AND – what is even worse is that we have to deal with this in places where we are all supposed to be supporting and helping each other succeed!  It comes at us from every direction – negative comments, product-bashing posts and even character assassinations!

Wow!  I’ve had enough!!  Have you??  I am simply going to choose to ignore this negativity and the “Debbie Downers” of the world and proceed on my own path to positive thinking.

Here are a few thoughts I had on this subject….

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So now that I have said my peace – just know I am here to support and help you with anything I can!  My friend Beverly also did a post on this subject that you might enjoy!  Overcoming Other People’s Negative Opinions! Hopefully we can start a positive revolution!  HAHA!!

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54 Responses to “Negativity – What Is It Good For?”
  1. Awesome Glyna! Negative comments drive me crazy too.But we really should ignore it and stay happy and positive. Love your thoughts.Hopefully we will start a new trend with our posts.
    Beverly Monical´s last blog post ..Overcoming Other People’s Negative Opinions

    Glyna Humm Reply:

    Yes – A Positive Revolution! haha Thanks Beverly

  2. Val Wilcox says:

    Woo Hoo! You go girl!!!
    Glyna, I applaud you for standing up for yourself and speaking your mind. This is a very timely post. There have been some negative areas out there in communities that ARE supposed to support and encourage.

    I am with you. I have stepped away from the negative and chose to focus on the positive only. Mindset is definitely a huge factor in business. Youo did an awesome job of showing people how to shift into positive mode.
    Val 🙂
    Val Wilcox´s last blog post ..Opening Doors Within

    Glyna Humm Reply:

    Thanks Val! You are right – there have been communities that are letting in the “Debbie Downers” take over a little too much. That doesn’t serve anyone’s purpose!

  3. Hi Glyna,
    Bravo to you for putting negativity in its place — where it belongs, in the garbage! Unfortunately, a lot of people thrive on negativity and actually enjoy tearing other people down (because it makes them feel bigger and better). The best we can do is keep our heads focused on what truly matters: our own mission to get things done with positivity!
    Mary Lou
    Mary Lou Kayser´s last blog post ..How to Find Your Passion

    Glyna Humm Reply:

    Yes – I know! I just don’t get it! Oh well – we just have to keep spreading positivity around as much as possible. Thanks Mary Lou

  4. Hi Glyna,

    We heard this called “ANT’s” Automatic Negative Thoughts. It’s so easy for us to move to the negative side of a problem or challenge. It takes work to re-frame it to a positive thought. We think that there is a reason for that!

    But remember it’s just a “Thought” and YOU get to control what YOU think.

    Love and passing the ANT spray,
    ~ Pat & Lorna
    http://TheCoolestCouple.com
    Pat & Lorna Shanks´s last blog post ..Adding and Editing Your Public Profile in Gravatarcom 202

    Glyna Humm Reply:

    Awesome! I love it and thanks for the advice:)

  5. Yea Glyna !!! Its so refreshing to see that you have decided to turn the other cheek…

    You are right. There has been way too much negativity in some communities lately.

    Thank you for bringing it to light. STAY POSITIVE !!!
    Jason Armbruster´s last blog post ..Staying Sticky with your Blog Followers

    Glyna Humm Reply:

    Jason – Thank you so much for the great comment. I think it is all up to each of us how we respond to negativity!

  6. Don Enck says:

    Hi Glyna,
    Thanks for speaking the truth. The old saying “garbage in…garbage out” can apply to so many things. In my mind, negative people, thoughts, actions, you name is all garbage. And if you allow it to be in your presence then you’ll soon find yourself putting garbage out.

    There’s enough bad stuff in the world. The last thing we need is to bring it into our personal and business life.

    Thanks for your post.
    Don Enck´s last blog post ..Are You Networking With Your Peers In Person

    Glyna Humm Reply:

    Great point Don! Let’s throw the garbage out:) Thanks!

  7. While I agree with you in general, I also think the opposite, the failure to look for the grain of truth in whats being said, can also be just as big of a problem.

    While its important to not get caught up in the emotion of the negative, it is important to look at all sides of issues. We’re in business and that requires concious, logical awareness of all of the factors going on. Whether its a company, product, job etc, if the facts are all wrong it doesnt matter how much we sing and paint happy faces on it, its still likely to leave us dazed and confused and not making money in a few years.

    This is a problem I see often when people do things like fail to read their full P&P in MLMs. Two years later they’re wondering why their company went bust or kicked them out!

    Whats important though is to seperate the facts from the emotions. And its important to evaluate those facts without letting our own preferences on the matter get in our way. All of that is HARD!

    Take the facts, course correct when called for, and get right back on to moving forward with a smile! Great video!
    Kimberly
    Kimberly Castleberry´s last blog post ..WordPress Plugin Review- CommentLuv

    Glyna Humm Reply:

    I agree Kimberly – I still think they can be 2 separate issues though and have nothing to do with your MLM. Just being negative in general bums me out:) I always admire you for being able to separate the facts and present both sides. Thank you for your comment. I appreciate you!

  8. Beth Allen says:

    Glyna, you rock. Way to go on calling a spade a spade. Ugh, I have no time for negative nay-sayers. I find that by choosing to spend my time with/ focus my energy on the people who truly get what the “positive revolution” 🙂 is all about, that my life is more vibrant, more real, more connected and more successful.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts so authentically!
    Beth Allen´s last blog post ..Superfoods- Fuel of Today’s Superheroes!

    Glyna Humm Reply:

    You nailed it Beth! I am right there with you:) Thanks

  9. kiaran says:

    Hi Glyna great post – funnily enough I posted a blog last week entitled the power of negative thinking! on the same theme..

    I think negativity is a conditioned mindset and its hard sometimes to step back observe our attitude and rationalize its impact.

    We all live in tribes -consisting of our peers family and acquaintances- linked by shared values – when anyone deviates from the group view they are seen to be a threat-

    Hence the value in attracting like minded people and caring less about converting those who are happy where they’re at. in the spirit of your musical reference I like the line by the Smiths “why do I give valuable time to people who don’t care if i live or die?’

    Cheers Kiaran from mostly Sunny Perth!
    kiaran´s last blog post ..I Couldve Been a Contender!

    Glyna Humm Reply:

    Kiaran – Thank you for such a great comment! I believe it is a conditioned mindset as well:)

  10. Linda G. Cox says:

    Glyna~
    I couldn’t agree with you more! This is what I live by too! I teach my children the same thing! The only person we have control over is ourselves! I could go on and on! Like you, I choose to focus on the positive!!
    ~Linda
    Linda G. Cox´s last blog post ..Generation Y

    Glyna Humm Reply:

    I think we forget that sometimes Linda:) We cannot control other people and what they think or believe. WE have to start with ourselves! Thanks

  11. Nelson says:

    Great stuff Glyna. I remember learning to see the best in everybody from an old guy when I worked for Boeing. He said to me one day while looking out over the shop. “I can see good in anybody. Look at Tom,(a known goof off), He’ll never work you out of a job.” Point being everybody has to see the positive like you elegantly stated. Again good job.
    Nelson´s last blog post ..“The Starboard Gunwhale”

    Glyna Humm Reply:

    Yes – you are exactly right Nelson!! That is so funny:) Love your wit – it never ceases to amaze me!! Thanks

  12. Hi Glyna,

    You said it girl! It’s frustrating to sometimes have to deal with those “Debbie Downers”, even in our industry, yet it happens. I think what you shared is awesome and hopefully more of us will look past the negative & work toward the positive & helping each others out/supporting one another. For me, that’s truly what it’s all about!!! 🙂

    Christine
    Christine Casey´s last blog post ..How do you use Facebook

    Glyna Humm Reply:

    Then you are definitely on the right road to success Christine! I have noticed how much you give to everyone in your communities. Keep up the great work!

  13. Angela says:

    Glyna! I always enjoy your posts and videos. I agree with you 100% that there are always hard things we face but we have to CHOOSE to ignore them. Not always easy but imperative to get where you want to be in business. Your right you can’t give negative people the time of day. Thanks for sharing!
    Angela´s last blog post ..How to Be 1000 Better

    Glyna Humm Reply:

    We all have to get by the best we can – and negativity only brings us down:) Thanks Angela

  14. Emmie Olivas says:

    Great post! You are right negativity does not serve us at all. It may have in the past for a very short time, but it is time to pitch the complaining! I just attended this amazing seminar and we learned so much. To put it bluntly our thoughts/ego will always try to bring us down and tell us we can’t do something. We have to lead with our hearts and when we being honest with ourselves and others in a positive manner, that is when the magic happens!

    Glyna Humm Reply:

    That is such a great lesson Emmie – I need to look into that course:) Thanks!

  15. Gary Young says:

    Glyna, Your Mom is right. I think if you feel good about yourself, the negativity is like rain on a duck. So you have to love yourself first. that is the key.
    Gary Young´s last blog post ..A Ship in Port is Safe vs China Sourcing

    Glyna Humm Reply:

    My Mom is right A LOT! haha Thanks for the nice comment Gary!

  16. Glyna,
    Great video, love your yard! The topic of mindset is so critical and one of the few things that we have any control over. We can CHOOSE to keep negativity out of our thoughts as best we can.
    Thanks,
    Adam
    Dr. Adam Sheck´s last blog post ..How Do You Deal With Conflict

  17. Glyna,

    Great video and post. Love your videos. I am practicing that if something shows up in my life it is also an opportunity to clear this energy within myself. There are no accidents.

    You are right we must take the reins of our mindset and choose to be joyful, happy and peaceful. It is ongoing practice to rise above and live our best lives.

    Thank you and can’t wait until your next video. Have a fabulous weekend.

    Faith
    Faith Barnard´s last blog post ..What Not to Do in Network Marketing- I Laughed so Hard I Cried

    Glyna Humm Reply:

    You are so supportive Faith! I appreciate you and thanks for such a thoughtful comment!

  18. Hi Glyna,

    Totally agree with you to the point where now, if I can’t help people with their negativity, I give them a wide berth. It’s too easy to be brought down and end up in a negative spiral, which as you rightly say, is good for nothing!

    I said to my kids recently that if they tell themselves they can’t do something, they may as well not try as they’ve already talked themselves out of it. They worked out for themselves that a positive mindset is what makes things happen.

    Thanks for another great post.

    Regards,

    Andrew
    Andrew Sayers´s last blog post ..Rolling with the punches pt 2

    Glyna Humm Reply:

    That is such a great lesson Andrew to teach your children plus they are learning as young age what negativity can do to them. Awesome! Thanks for the comment!

  19. Scott Pollov says:

    Hi Glyna,

    I really appreciate your “No Negativity” approach to life. We all have so much to be thankful and happy for, we just need to focus on not letting the negative things or events in our life overwhelm all of the positive. There have been times in my life that I felt very negative about the present and future, but have always succeed at overcoming those momentary lapses and refocusing on the things that really matter. Thank you for the post.

    Scott Pollov
    Scott Pollov´s last blog post ..Why Write A Business Plan – Eight Great Reasons!

    Glyna Humm Reply:

    You are right that we all have so much to be thankful for and that is where our focus needs to be:) Thanks Scott!

  20. Ahhh Negativity! You are certainly correct here Glyna! Negativity to me is like a small fire, the more we get into it, the more fuel we put on it and it becomes a bon-fire which we cannot control.
    You mentioned you have gotten hit by tons of negativity. Remember that happened to me about a month ago, and then the AHA moment came. It pushed me further into positive energy.
    Great post and thanks for bringing this up.
    Donna
    Donna Merrill´s last blog post ..My Secret Dream… Revealed

    Glyna Humm Reply:

    I’m looking for that AHA moment Donna! haha I love your analogy – it is just like a small fire! Thanks for the awesome comment!

  21. This week has been difficult for me as well. I have been finding myself desperately trying to bite my tongue with limited success. but no doubt, my responding to negative comments has not proven helpful at all. I should have just smiled and moved.

    Today, I had a very bad morning, and I am proud to say I did just bite my tongue and walk away, and everything worked out just fine.

    Hopefully it is something in the air this week!

    alex

    Glyna Humm Reply:

    Biting your tongue a lot can hurt!! haha I know it is hard to do sometimes but you are right – things usually turn out better. Thanks Alexander for the comment!

  22. Hi Glyna,

    I’m thinking you don’t have enough comments on this post so you might want to be more positive next time. Ha! Good for you.

    Well, the tribe has spoken and there isn’t really much I could add except that since it’s a topic everyone deals with in life why not keep adding to it? Everyone struggles with it so now help us turn it around step by step and you have your next book! 🙂

    Looking forward to connecting with you next week.
    Kellie
    Kellie Frazier´s last blog post ..When Your Income Remains The Same – What to Do to Increase It – Success Pillar Nine

    Glyna Humm Reply:

    Haha Kellie:) I look forward to connecting with you too. I hope the book is still going well! Thanks

  23. Curt Bizelli says:

    Hey Glyna, this is a MUST share. I feel your authenticity radiating from the video and your post is spectacular with incredible writing tactics. I help run a “Clean, Decent and Positive” online magazine called WHEN … I’ll leave the URL in the Website Form Section … feel free to check it out. I think you may be a good fit for a writer position or some other position that we can all benefit from. Anyway, its so true that one negative thought can spiral your thoughts into DEEP HELL. (I have clinical mental illness so I know this “for sure – lol”), however the “great thing” is with the proper training and focus overtime, you can learn to shift your thoughts to the POSITIVE in which do the exact same thing except opposite. One positive thought has even more power and it can spiral your mindset into an entirely new POSITIVE HEAVEN!
    Thanks for this post, from TSA! Let’s chat soon! God Bless, CBiz
    Curt Bizelli´s last blog post ..All Amazed by Ron White- The Nation’s Number One Memory Expert

    Glyna Humm Reply:

    Thanks for such an awesome comment Curt. I am going to send you an email so you can get me more information about your magazine. Hey you never know!:)

  24. Hi Glyna,
    Thanks for the post. Funny I just posted something on FB page about hanging around negative people will not get you where you want to be in 5 years.
    Liked your video..rebecca
    rebecca russell´s last blog post ..WHERE TRADTION MEETS INOVATIONpart one

    Glyna Humm Reply:

    Exactly Rebecca! Keep it Positive:) Thanks

  25. Zane says:

    Awesome! Article, So true.
    This is a very important article, because this is what most people have problems with these days 🙂

    Live Liberated and Abundant lives!

    -Zane
    Zane´s last blog post ..Embracing Failure

    Glyna Humm Reply:

    Thanks Zane!

  26. Lesly says:

    Hi Glyna,
    You are sooo right! As soon as you start doing what others think you should, that’s when things can go wrong. The naysayers can really drag you down. Mindset is so important and I think is becoming even more a part of the foundation to build fist off than learning business tools. Many blogs talk about it, I talk about it.. I see this as the #1 skill to develop. And, I’m glad you like Shaklee! I wanted to thank you for encouraging me to write about Shaklee (one of my passions) on my blog.. 🙂
    Lesly´s last blog post ..Water Smarts

    Glyna Humm Reply:

    I really do like Shaklee products Lesly! You are welcome – I don’t see anything wrong with writing about something you are so passionate about:) Keep up the good work!

  27. Allan says:

    Great post.Come to think of how negativity destroys anything we lay our hands on.

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