Your Career and You: "I’m Positive You’re Negative"


It’s the end of the semester. It’s the end of the year. Tensions are running high.


Work is piling up. Deadlines to meet. Expectations to satisfy. Which can mean only one thing.

Attitude assessment time!!

I simply canNOT allow myself to wallow miserably in a deep, dank dungeon of despair. I’m not wired that way.

So I get really uncomfortable when I encounter someone whose whole take on life is doom-and-gloom.

Even when I was a kid and was making one of many trips to the doctor’s office to get sewed up after yet anothercollision with a tree, the ground, or whatever the impact medium might have been, my thoughts weren’t on the pain du jour but, rather, on the “cool, the stitches will be out in a week or so and I’ll be back in action!”

A positive attitude gets you through the dark nights.

A negative outlook, on the other hand, just piles more darkness onto the heap.

This approach to life is something that I try to convey to my Communication students and advisees at Curry College, where I head the undergraduate Public Relations Concentration and teach most of the PR courses, as well as at Regis College, where I teach in the graduate Organizational and Professional Communication area.

Not all of them listen to what I say, and I don’t expect them to.

I can’t possibly know what they’re dealing with either personally or professionally. What I can do is listen, sympathize if necessary, and empathize when appropriate.

But it’s the holiday season, and “stuff” always comes crowding in on our comfortable routines.

It takes some doing, but you have to do your best to find the good things that wander into your daily routine…
v  Maybe it’s the cute baby passing you in a stroller as you’re people-watching in the mall.
v  Or maybe it’s the glint of sunshine peeking through your dining room window at breakfast.
v  Or maybe it’s just a song you hear that brings back wonderful memories from long ago.

It can be anything that triggers a good feeling. Just sit back and allow yourself to enjoy it!

And…Happy New Year!

“Some of you say, ‘Joy is greater than sorrow,’ and others say, ‘Nay, sorrow is the greater.’ But I say unto you, they are inseparable. Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.” – Kahlil Gibran, “The Prophet: On Joy and Sorrow”
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About kirkhazlett

35+ years' federal government and nonprofit organization PR experience followed by more than 10 years' undergraduate and graduate college teaching experience. Community and media relations expertise, as well as a fanaticism for quality service and customer satisfaction. PR for healthcare and member services organizations ranging from Blood Bank of Hawaii to Medical Area Service Corporation to Boston Harborfest. Consulting services for Manila and Singapore Red Cross.
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4 Responses to Your Career and You: "I’m Positive You’re Negative"

  1. You are very right. A couple of sayings underscore the power of positive thinking. Your altitude is determined by your attitude and if you think you can, you can and if you think you can't, you can't.Research has also shown that positive thinkers tend to live longer, healthier lives.

  2. Very good points, Howie, as always! Thanks for reading and commenting!

  3. Ted Chaloner says:

    A Met Life study showed that Optimists outsold Pessimists by 31%

  4. Wow! Even more reason to look at the bright side! Thanks, Ted!

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