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Negativity impacts your life on every level. It has the power to destroy relationships, cause a reduction in work efficiency, and increase stress levels. The bright side is that you can eliminate negativity by changing your mindset.

Some negativity is self inflicted.  By that I mean, YOU are the source of the negative emotions, responses, feelings, or behavior.  That is where mindset comes in.

There are enough people in the world who want to sap all the positive vibes out of your life.  Whether intentional or subconscious, their very presence is impacting you in the wrong way.  Some of them you can avoid, others you just have to learn to live with.

What you don’t want to do is to allow their influence become your reality.  We can’t change people, we can only change ourselves.  We can’t always change our individual circumstances, bu we can change how we react to them.

It is this elective response that you can leverage in fighting negativity.  You control how you feel and what you do.

Uncertain where to begin? Have a look at these wise, reliable methods to guard yourself from negativity and take more control over the influences in your life:


Don’t Take It Personally

Most people act in a specific way based on their previous experiences and current circumstances. Possibly someone took credit for your associate’s idea in the past, so now he does not trust his group any longer. That doesn’t indicate he has something against you. He merely does not trust people in general.

You aren’t going to change someone’s deeply rooted mistrust in a short period of time.  In fact, it is not your responsibility to change anything.  What you can do is behavior in a trustful manner.  Let your actions speak for you.

If you are doing the things that show you are trustworthy or genuine or non-threatening, they you have fulfilled your civil responsibility.

Don’t take something like this personally. If someone is misjudging you, prove to them that they are incorrect. Be kind and genuine instead of stressing over it.

This is how to deal with negativity in life, especially when it is coming from other people.  You do what you know is right.  If, after that, someone still misjudged you or doesn’t trust you, and just is miserable, it has nothing to do with you.


Set Boundaries To Stop Negative Energy

No matter how much effort you put into it, you’ll never be able to please everyone. On the contrary – individuals will constantly create brand-new needs and want to benefit from your kindness. This kind of behavior can undermine your self-confidence and keep you from concentrating on your top priorities.

Saying ‘no’ and setting clear boundaries will stop this.  Most people want to be accommodating to those in need.  Having established personal, emotional, and commitment boundaries doesn’t mean your don’t care.  You can still be helpful to others, just not at the expense of your own needs.

This might sound like you are being selfish.  Not at all!  This is about you know what is important to you and your own responsibilities. If you can help others without compromising these then you should do it.

The power to say ‘no’ is always in your hands.  You can still make a choice.   Saying ‘no’ is not the same as never saying ‘yes’.  It means you want to honor the commitments and responsibilities in your life.  In other words, you have integrity and that is important.

If someone responds adversely when you do this, it isn’t your fault. Chances are that person isn’t worth your time or attention.

A genuine friend will understand that you have other things to do and you’re not available around the clock.


Embrace a Positive Mindset

Be grateful for what you have and only after that seek ways to attain more. Start a gratitude journal and compose a couple of entries every day. That will reinforce positive thinking patterns and eliminate negativity.

Your positive attitude will also motivate others and strengthen your relationships. The more you concentrate on the excellent in your life, the more new opportunities and people you’ll see.

Sometimes you have to work to find more balance in your life to embrace a positive mindset.  Balance is not the same as equilibrium, it is about keeping your priorities in harmony.  When their are not, you will experience more negative thoughts.


Find Solutions, Not Problems

The majority of people tend to focus on the issues they are facing instead of actively looking for solutions. That leads to feelings of regret and frustration.

Whenever you have an issue, take the steps  necessary to resolve it. The longer you wait, the more obstacles you’ll face along the way.

Stay away from individuals who make a drama out of everything. They’re only sapping your emotional energy and time. Their negativity will affect you sooner or later.

Surround yourself with positivity. Develop relationships with individuals who motivate and support you.


Bear in mind that people do not care that much about what you say or do. Focus on whatever makes you delighted and stop feeding the negativity around you. Once you take these actions and begin to eliminate negativity, you’ll be happier and see brand-new opportunities that you’d otherwise have missed.


How have you overcome negativity?  Why not share your experience in the comments below…