Life is about decisions. Take a left here, go right here, say yes then and no there. Just as you make small decisions in your daily life, you can make the big decision to be good to yourself and not let the negativity of others influence you.
In the quest for more positivity, here’s something to think about. You likely come across people in your daily travels who bring you down with the things they do and say. But the truth is that negative people can’t cause you to be unhappy. This is something to remember when someone starts to bring you down. Always remember this: your thoughts are your own and your own inner thoughts shape your actions which form your essence of being.
Remember that your mind and emotions are sacred and to be protected.
Choosing to allow those who take a negative view of the world to affect our internal dialog is what will drain you of your energy and leave you feeling tired, anxious, and sluggish.
That doesn’t mean cutting people off left and right just because they’re having a bad day. But be conscious of what kind of people whose influence you’ll permit. After all, you become the sum of the 5 people closest to you. Choose positivity every time, and you will start to see a dramatic shift in your life.
What to do when you feel yourself being influenced by something negative that someone else is doing or saying to you? Stop the chain of negativity.
Did you ever notice that when someone presents some information to you in a negative way, you might sometimes get the urge to pay that negativity forward? It might feel good to offload the complaint or criticism by telling someone else and engaging in a kind of he-said, she-said dynamic.
Instead, though, really take a minute and THINK about how your words will affect the next person who comes along. It’s your choice what to pass on to others. You can decide that you need to offload the negativity by gossiping to your best friend or saying something snarky to the bus driver. But instead, think of the negative chain of words or events as something that you have the power to cut off and just stop dead in its tracks.
So instead of making fun of the next person become someone who made fun of you… instead of yelling at your kids because your hubby snapped at you… recognize where the urge to pay forward the negative comes from and choose to transcend that experience.