Without getting too philosophical, I must tell you that our universe works on negative and positive forces. One is needed for the other to work much like the battery in a vehicle. I have caught myself asking why we have negatives and I then consider the fact that without negatives, we wouldn’t have positives. Essentially, we would all be similar to robots.

Since the dawn of time, the negative and positive aspect has been studied. We hear of Ying/Yang, Karma and many other methods of people trying to explain the negative and positive forces in the world.

But, I am not writing this post to dive deep into that subject. My goal is to help you understand how to stay positive when you are in a negative environment.

Some people will try to tell you to just stay away from negative environments but is that always possible?

  • A plane, bus or other public transportation
  • A seminar or public venue
  • Even a family reunion
  • Etc…

We cannot always detour around negative environments but we can take active measures that will allow the positive vibes to overcome the negative.

Here are 5 tips on staying positive in a negative atmosphere.

Staying Positive Tip #1: It Isn’t Personal

People with negative mindsets have a tendency to speak words that can cut deep. The important thing to always remember is, they are dealing with their own demons. While it may seem directed at you personally, it probably isn’t deep down. The best way to deal with negative and hurtful words is just smile and let them flow somewhere other than into your brain.

“Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” Zig Ziglar

Staying Positive Tip #2: Use Positive Responses

I have found that the best response to negative statements is no response at all. But if you must respond, keep it positive. Just be creative and come up with something positive to counter the negative.

But I do want to reiterate, the best response is just a smile. Sometimes, even a positive response to a negative person can be grounds for debate in their form of thought.

“Positive thinking is more than just a tagline. It changes the way we behave. And I firmly believe that when I am positive, it not only makes me better, but it also makes those around me better.” Harvey Mackay

Staying Positive Tip #3: Don’t Engage

Just to use the example of being on an airliner and having Negative Norman sit in the seat next to me. It is usually easy to spot a negative soul immediately and they may speak to me and I will nod, smile and may give a positive response as I am pulling out my laptop or a book. This will show the person you are not going to play into their negative atmosphere.

An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality.” Brian Tracy

Staying Positive Tip #4: Keep Positive Affirmations All Around You

Have a positive image on your laptop home screen, a positive statement on the outside of your daily planner; just have positive affirmations on everything you use on a regular basis.

I just mentioned the plane trip… What would occur if you pull out a book like The Power Of Positive Thinking in front of Negative Norman?

There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.” W. Clement Stone

Staying Positive Tip #5: Learn And Grow From The Experience

Most generally, when people are speaking negatives it is about one or more problems. As an entrepreneur, your expertise is solving problems. So use the experience to learn and grow… Use what you hear to gain ideas for your next endeavor.

The next time you feel slightly uncomfortable with the pressure in your life, remember no pressure, no diamonds. Pressure is a part of success.” Eric Thomas

There Is Power In Positive Words!

This video I made some time back goes hand in hand with this post, so I felt I should post it here to give you some insight in the power of positive words.


If you are able to stay clear of negative environments, I suggest that should be your first option. But there are those moments in time when we will be surrounded by negatives. But the positive within you can overcome any negative forces.

To gain more motivation, I suggest you get the free training course I am offering – 7 Days To Unstoppable Motivation. You can get started with it now right here.

Thank you for popping in today and may your life and business take you

To The Top!

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