Thursday, May 28, 2009

fight negativity: asg two

Principle: Productivity is greater than negativity.

Regardless of the leadership position, there's going to be negativity. In fact, if you're an exceptional leader, you probably even bring a lot of it to the table yourself, especially before vision casting. Since negativity is inevitable, how do you deal with it?

As a leader you know that there's not a more vulnerable moment for you then when you have to explain your new awesome idea to a negative person for the first time. As soon as you experience negativity, take it head on. Don’t be discouraged by questions you can’t answer. Don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know”, even if you’re ridiculed for it. It’s much better to say that then make excuses, even though it’s easier to make excuses.

If you have a great idea, there’s always going to be someone who questions it to death in the early stages of the idea. Just because you don’t know the answers doesn’t make it a bad idea, even though you’ll feel embarrassed and idiotic after the conversation is over. Include POSITIVE thinking people in the process of working out the details. If you try to do it all on your own you’ll end up stressed out and 3 weeks will pass before you do anything with your idea. DON’T GET DISCOURAGED!

Instead of letting the negativity go to your head, just work on the idea. Negative people lose credibility at the door of a successfully completed project. In fact, productivity slams the door in negativity's face.

Productivity is greater than negativity.


  1. This is a great principle for all of us who own a vision. There's always the Nay crowd. Jesus had them too.

    Good post

  2. Love this one. Easy to relate to. You're such a good writer!