Positively Not

Posted: January 29, 2011 in Psychology
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Keep a positive attitude. Avoid negativity and nay sayers. Always forward, never back. Never give up. Do whatever it takes to get the job done. You can succeed. You will succeed.

These are the kind of positive affirmations you need to keep motivated and moving toward your goals. Is there any danger in always keeping a positive attitude? Yes. There is much danger.

There are times you shouldn’t be upbeat and forward thinking. Too much positivity can cause you to overlook problems that need to be taken care of before they ruin your business, maybe even your life.


Consider your business first. Maybe your business is just your job or personal goals that you pursue outside work, but what I’m talking about here is your projects. When you take every project through to the end, you will have projects that turn out to be a complete waste of time or fail completely.

You need to be free to put the positive attitude on hold and evaluate the worth of your projects. When is it time to give up? There are a few questions you can ask to help with the decision.

Is there already another project that achieves the same goal? Which project does it better? Do you have the necessary resources, experience and/or abilities to finish the project? Can you get what you’re missing and still finish on time? What will it take to complete the project and how much will it cost? What are the consequences of dropping the project?


If you have a positive attitude, you do your best to keep friends who also have a positive attitude. What could be wrong with that?

There’s nothing wrong in the sense of a value judgment. The problem many friends could cause is spending lots of time having a good time and talking about your dreams and never having any time to work toward them. If your job is your dream, then no problem.

If your job isn’t moving you toward your dreams, spending all of your personal time on relationships isn’t going to help. You could become one of those people talking about the same goals for years while going nowhere. If I can quote the movie Monster, “When the beach party’s over, you don’t get to have what other people have spent their whole lives working for.”

Big corporations talk about balancing work and personal life. When your job is not your dream, you need to also balance your personal work and personal entertainment. There are some questions you can ask here too.

What could you be doing in your free time that would move you closer to your goals? No matter how small the step, it is worth it. Are there any social activities that have become weekly obligations instead of the good times they were originally? Are you sharing your goals with your friends so that you can create opportunities to work together on common goals?

Critical thinking is often the key to a well balanced life.

Article text copyright 2011 David Arthur Smith. All Rights Reserved.


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