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Negativity Gets Attention - But Positivity Makes Change Happen

Negativity Gets Attention – But Positivity Makes Change Happen

Quote: Our society doesn’t need more problem finders. We need problem solvers.

Negativity gets attention. Negativity gets views. Negativity gets advertising dollars. Our society has set up a lot of external incentives that encourage more and more negativity. Then we wonder why we have higher rates of depression, addiction and suicide. Each of us has a role to play in changing this trend. The forces that are stacked against maintaining a positive attitude seem overwhelming.

At Becoming a Leader of Character, we inspire and equip people so that they become Leaders of Character who inspire and equip others to lead with character.

In all of the craziness of the last 12 months each of us has opportunities to change our society by changing what is happening in our own homes, at our workplaces, and with the people we touch every day. How can each of us inspire and equip others to become Leaders of Character and exercise the Positivity it will take to defeat the forces that incentivize negativity?

It starts with our choices in front of others. What attitude are we choosing in the circumstances we face? Do we join in with the negativity and the complaining or do we lead by example? Attitudes are contagious – both good attitudes and bad attitudes. We need to make the conscious choice to spread the Positivity our society needs.

While griping and pointing out everything that is not right may get us a lot of thumb’s ups and likes, we haven’t accomplished anything to improve the situation. Critics are everywhere. It doesn’t take any talent to be a critic. Our society doesn’t need more problem finders. We need more problem solvers.

While the problems our society faces may seem out of our control, the negativity that we see in our friends, family and co-workers present all of us with an opportunity to make a difference. We are not talking about being a “Polly Anna” and pretending things couldn’t be better. We are talking about using our influence to change the focus of the negative people we encounter every day.

  • Focus on what is in their control.

  • Concentrate on what they have versus what they don’t have.

  • Set their eyes on the big picture versus the day to day difficulties of life.

We don’t need to join into the chorus of negativity that everyone is chirping about. Leaders of Character make a different choice and realize that adding to that negativity does not create positive change. Quality solutions rarely come from individuals, families or organizations that are stuck in a cycle of negativity.

Leaders – it is our Duty, our moral obligation, to change the conversation. When leaders step forward and focus on solutions and not problems, what is in our control versus what we can’t control, and turn people towards Positivity, the people around us will respond. Imagine the solutions that will emerge and become possible if we have a wave of leaders who exercise Positivity in our society.

Our friends need us to lead with Positivity. Our families need us to lead with Positivity. Our co-workers need us to lead with Positivity. That is how we can each stop the power of negativity in our society.

Dig Deep Questions:

  • What uncontrollable elements have been dragging you down?

  • Where and with whom can you step forward with a positive attitude?


Making a shift towards taking responsibility and living with Positivity is a lifelong journey. We want to partner with you as you practice the habit of Positivity daily, which is why we have created our Habits of Character Action Guides.

The Positivity Action Guide offers you a month of daily, interactive training complete with a daily reading, dig deep questions, weekly processing guides and instructions on how to use the guide both individually and with your team. The Positivity Action Guide is now available here.

We are behind you, championing for you, your teams and your organizations as you become the leader you wish you had. We want to come alongside you as you grow to confidently answer “yes” to the question, “Would you follow you?”

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