It feels like it could be a full-time job, trying to stay positive around negative people. Man is this a tough one. Especially in today’s world, when it seems like we are being flooded by negativity everywhere, we turn. But in the end, positivity is always the answer. So how can you stay composed and confident and take power away from a negative person? Well, read more to find out.
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Have you ever faced off with a person that just seemed to be so negative for no good reason? You can almost feel the negative energy rolling right off their shoulders; that’s how negative they are. Sadly, these people are everywhere. It makes you wonder why they are the way they are and, more importantly, how you can avoid falling victim to their trap.
On the one hand, we want to help. We want to show them a better way. But on the other hand, a negative person has to want to be helped. So to combat a negative person, we need to stay strong in our beliefs, stay true to who we are, and fall back into what gives us strength. We need to remain the positive ones.
Truthfully, I was really hesitant about even writing this post. But I’m happy I’m going through with it because I feel like these words are important and can really help someone right now. Someone who is struggling to find the good, the positive, the strength to keep going after running into a negative person.
Let’s start with some backstory. Here’s what to do when you come in contact with a negative person.
What To Do When You Come In Contact With A Negative Person
I wrote this after article after an extremely tough day. My apologies in advance if my tone is a little different than usual. Admittedly I was a little shaken. But it’s all good. I’m ready to get back to business. The story began when I encountered a person who, at first take seemed like his sole purpose was to suck the life out of every living thing around him. I could feel the negative energy trying to permeate through my skin. Too harsh? I don’t know. I’ll let you be the judge there. I’m someone who tries to see the good in everything, but I came up empty this time. I didn’t feel anything there except anger and hate.
This person made nasty, hurtful, and downright hateful remarks toward me. He cursed at me, yelled, screamed; he poured all of his hate and anger onto me. The sad thing is that all I wanted to do was help. I was there to do my job, which was to help him. I was ready and willing to help if I had the chance.
There were several things going through my mind as he yelled at me: “What was I supposed to do? Did I do something wrong? What did I do to deserve this? How could I have handled this better? What is wrong with this guy?” All normal things, right?
I could have gotten angry back. I could have yelled and screamed. I could have matched his negativity with some negativity of my own. But instead, I took the high ground. I wasn’t going to give this guy the satisfaction of knocking me off my game. I stood there, and I took it. I didn’t let him take away my power. I let him say what he needed to say, and eventually, he walked away.
I was angry, yes. I wanted to say something I probably would have regretted. There were so many things I wanted to say, but it would have made things a whole lot worse. I stayed true to myself and stayed composed. It wasn’t easy, but here I am.
My early take on this interaction was this, whatever this guy was going through. Clearly, it was a lot. He was clearly frustrated and angry, and by the time he got to me, I was the easy target. I don’t think this guy knew what he was saying or doing. He was just acting out of anger and directed it at me. I honestly hope that whoever he is, whatever he does, wherever he is going next, I hope he finds peace. A positive mindset will yield more than a negative mind ever could.
I share this with you because we all have a choice. We can’t control all things, but we can control our reactions to them.
The Key To Combatting Negativity Is To Stay Positive
Sounds too easy, doesn’t it? The key to combatting negativity is positivity. We have to be the positive ones in the room. We can’t allow negative energy to overtake us. We have to stay true to what gives us strength. So when someone negative is trying to bring you down, don’t let them steal your power. Take your power back. Stay confident. Stay strong. Know that you know enough to be better. The key is to not play their game.
So when someone negative tries to snatch you up? Don’t play the game. Stay true to who you are. Think about all of the good things in your life. A negative person will try and sell you the lie that this life is cruel, or you’re never going to be good enough, or you can’t do this, or you won’t do that. Stop that. Don’t feed into it. As much as it may hurt, and as hard as it is to not want to push back, bite your tongue, brush it off, and go about your business. You don’t have to prove yourself to them.
Thank you for reading. I hope that you found some hope and encouragement in this article. I know that I found relief in writing it, but I really wrote it hoping that someone would benefit from hearing this story and would stay positive from hearing it. The world needs more positivity.
Don’t let negativity overtake you. Stay positive. Revert back to what gives you power. Whether that’s family, faith, hobbies, passions, or pursuits, whatever it may be for you, focus on what brings you up and not what brings you down.
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