Negativity and Positivity; How Easily they Spread

Positivity and Professionalism

Negativity – the quality or state of being negative

Positivity – The quality or state of being positive; actualness; certainty; confidence; peremptoriness; dogmatism

Definitions provided by Webster’s Dictionary

Negativity and positivity are, essentially, opposite sides of the same coin.

The dangers of negativity are just as strong as the powers of positivity.  The two are equally contagious and easily spread.

We are all products of our past life experiences.  While some have been conditioned to view the glass as half empty, others were taught to see the glass as half full.

Many people carry negative attitudes with them because it is all they know.  Such people may have been raised by cynical parents, or perhaps were surrounded by pessimistic siblings, classmates, or teachers.  Inbred negativity causes people to consistently focus on the cons of any situation.

On the opposite end, positive people will typically attempt to find the best of a situation.  Such people may have been surrounded and influenced by positive thinkers.  They were likely taught to focus on the good and not dwell on the bad.

Though it is important to acknowledge the negative aspects of a situation, there is no need to allow for such aspects to affect your attitude and cloud your judgement.

Let’s envision a hypothetical scenario involving a negative-minded person and a positive-minded person, both of whom have accepted new positions with companies.

A negative person is likely to immediately begin fixating on negative components of his or her situation.  Such a person is quick to judge coworkers, criticize the company for perceived flaws, and complain about his or her salary.

This type of person will generally concentrate on negative aspects, and is likely to share unhealthy thoughts and feelings with his or her peers.  While some are able to remain quietly negative, many feel compelled to speak their minds and spread their displeasure.  Is this venting, or public self-pity and wallowing?

This employee is setting a bad example and, consequently, may cause his or her coworkers to chime in on the negativity.

On the flip side of the coin, a positive person will view his or her new job with a much healthier mindset.  A positive person will likely view a new career position as a fresh start, a chance to learn crucial information, and an opportunity to network and establish relationships.  Such a person will have a positive affect on others, who are apt to jump aboard the optimism train.

Though we are products of our pasts, we are also significantly influenced by our current surroundings and situations.  People brought up in positive environments can be negatively affected by present negativity.

The same holds true for those who grew and developed in negative atmospheres.  These types of people can be positively impacted by favorable current situations.

Though we develop through our life experiences, we need not let forgettable past situations define who we are and who we become.  We can all make conscious efforts to surround ourselves with positive people in healthy settings.

As you enter your next situation requiring social interaction, ask yourself one question.  Is your glass half empty, or half full?  Remember, your attitude will have a direct impact on the attitudes of those around you.

“So I was sitting in my cubicle today, and I realized, ever since I started working, every single day of my life has been worse than the day before it.  So that means that every single day that you see me, that’s on the worst day of my life.”
-Ron Livingston as Peter Gibbons, Office Space

Welcome to Positivity and Professionalism!

Positivity and Professionalism

Positivity – The quality or state of being positive; actualness; certainty; confidence; peremptoriness; dogmatism

Professionalism – The skill, good judgment, and polite behavior that is expected from a person who is trained to do a job well

Definitions provided by Webster’s Dictionary

Though positivity and professionalism are individual terms containing separate definitions, the two are often interconnected in society.  However, one could argue that the two are not interconnected nearly often enough.

It is possible to carry a positive attitude without maintaining a professional nature.  One may own a “Glass is half full” mentality while not understanding the importance of carrying him or herself with dignity and class.

It is also possible to hold a professional persona without the help of a positive attitude.  One can essentially go through the motions on a daily basis, being sure to say and do everything from a politically correct standpoint.  However, this type of person may simply be a very good actor while secretly carrying a pessimistic, negative attitude.  These types of people are their own worst enemies, as they living lives built on fraudulent character.

Though it is possible to maintain positivity sans professionalism and vice versa, it is important to use both simultaneously as common practice.  However, such a two-tiered mindset will not develop overnight.

The first step is to make a conscious decision to use positivity and professionalism as personal templates.  From there, one must actively work to maintain the double-tiered mentality on a daily basis, in various types of personal, social, and professional situations.

It will surely take practice, though such an attitude is certainly attainable.  However, it is something that one must continue to work at.  Though practice makes perfect, there is no point at which practice can be abandoned.  No matter how much progress is made, the path to positivity and professionalism is one that is long-winding, ever-changing, and never-ending.

This blog will be a springboard for anyone looking to develop and strengthen his or her mindsets from both positivity and professionalism standpoints.  Again, these themes can be used and practiced individually.  However, they are far more effective when conjoint.  The two feed off of and strengthen one another, essentially making both more effective.

When you prepare breakfast in the morning, how do you prefer your toast?  Do you prefer to only use Peanut Butter?  Do you prefer to only use Jelly?  If so, that is your prerogative.  However, why use one over the other when the two go together so well?  After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

Welcome to Positivity and Professionalism.  Best of luck.

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”

Willie Nelson