Whether it's someone you work with, a friend or family member... all of us must work or deal with negative people from time to time.
When it's someone you must interact with daily it can be a challenge to maintain your balance or positive outlook.
When you pair negative with difficult and manipulative it's best have a game plan for maintaining your sanity and moving forward with grace.
Here are 6 Powerful Ways to do just that!
1) Avoid whiners.
You know who I'm talking about. People who are so incredibly negative that they do not even realize the impact they make on those around them. The kind of person who would complain about having to pay taxes after winning the lottery.
These types of people will never enhance your life. If you know anyone like this, ....DRASTICALLY limit the time with them.
They don’t offer solutions, only wallow in problems (they seem to actually ENJOY this). They will suck you in to their habitual drama-fest if you let them. DON'T. If a friend, family member or colleague tries to suck you in...DO NOT LET THEM!
Don’t feel pressured to sit and listen to a negative person.
When they continually point out problems, ask what they intend to do to fix them.
2) Take a time out.
Politely excuse yourself from a conversation, keep conversations short and choose NOT to engage in any of the toxic talk. Show that you are choosing not to play and often times these types of individuals will become bored or intimidated by your attitude which then causes them to seek other prey.
Take the high road.
Don't get sucked in.
3) Honor your space.
The only thing you can control about a chronically negative person is your reaction to them. Often times they have no desire to change. Do not let them steal your positive energy or the spark in your eye. Keep time spent with them short and plan ahead in order not to get sucked in, for example...if you have a meeting or appointment in 10 minutes and you are needing to return a call of theirs, call a few minutes before times up in order to control the situation.
Avoid people who only only focus on problems and don't offer solutions.
Stop socializing with those who bring you down.
4) Get rid of negative employees...FAST.
Negativity, pessimism and gossip are like a cancer. They can spread undetected and can do a tremendous amount of damage before being dealt with. Don't let this happen to your organization or brand. Get together to share your concerns with the individual and give them a chance to change. If the behavior continues, you must deal with it accordingly. One toxic employee can destroy years of positive culture building.
Protect your livelihood and your super awesome employees.
Focus on solutions, not problems.
5) Take care of yourself and get the support you need.
Sleep well, eat well, mind your thoughts, take walks, move your body...do the things you need to do in order to stay in top form physically and mentally. When you need to get an outsiders perspective, do so. Reach out to someone you trust and admire, not to vent but rather to get some council on how to move forward in a productive and positive way.
Get help when you need it.
6) Walk your walk.
Remain positive and don't allow yourself to be drug down. Listen to positive messages (YouTube is a great place to get inspired...just search motivation or positive mindset and see what I mean). Set yourself up to win every day. Read positive text, hang out with positive people, avoid mindless absorption of the news, condition yourself to get better every day.
Manage your stress.
Do something every day that will make you better than yesterday.
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