Why You Won’t Like This Post (or last week’s)
If you’ve been reading my posts for awhile, you’ve probably had weeks where you just didn’t like what I wrote. Maybe you disagreed or maybe it just didn’t seem relevant to you or your life. If you’re new to my posts, this is probably going to happen to you too. That is totally expected. Ultimately, we’re all different, with different personalities, different challenges and different lives. Some of us find it easier to be upbeat and hopeful, while others have a strong negative voice in our heads that is constantly pointing out how life is not fair. Even our genetics play a significant role in our ability to see the good all around us. Despite these differences, I would ask that you don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. Take what works for you and feel free to ignore those things that don’t resonate.
So often, when we come upon something we disagree with, we make a blanket decision to ignore everything associated with it. This may be an author, a friend’s advice, a philosophy or religion. We find a chapter, a comment or a belief that doesn’t sit well with us so we stop reading, listening to or following everything else. Instead, why not be open to the possibility that there may be valuable nuggets that are worth our attention? Maybe we could even take an approach of thinking “How interesting…” to the aspects we don’t like. There may be something we can learn or use to gain a new perspective.
So it’s fine if you don’t like this week’s tip (or last week’s), but that doesn’t mean next week’s won’t be a good one!
Tina Hallis, Ph.D., is a professional speaker and consultant for The Positive Edge, a company dedicated to helping people and organizations fulfill their true potential using strategies from the science of Positive Psychology.