Negativity affects every single person throughout their life and its something we all have to go through in order to grow. We are at times our own worst enemy. We stop ourselves from putting ourselves out there and grabbing opportunities just because of our negative thinking and our self-doubt. It defeats us at times but we get through it eventually.
I’ve chosen a profession that is constantly open to negativity and criticism. Musical Theatre. You’re constantly under scrutiny – sometimes it’s a good thing but sometimes it’s very bad. The most important thing is how you deal with those negative criticisms in your life. In my experience the first thing is to accept, or rather acknowledge them no matter how hard-hitting they may be. Then you need to view them as an opportunity for change. You can recognise whether this is something you need to work on and grow from or you can filter out the negativity that you can’t change about yourself because after all an opinion is just an opinion. One person might love that same thing the other person hates about you. You can’t please everybody.
This is the same in everyday life. What’s really important is that you don’t become the victim and lose yourself in a world that’s trying to put you down at times. You can’t lose everything you believe in and everything that makes you YOU just to fit the expectation of others. Stay true to yourself. This is when you’ll be at your happiest.
There comes a point in life where you learn to step away from it all. You have to step away from the negative thinking and general negativity in order to enhance your own being. I’m a strong believer in – what you put out into the world or what you surround yourself with really does affect you and your life. If your constantly being weighed down by it all, even when it’s not your own problems its very easy to be involved in others when offering advice, sometimes you just need to take a step back and put your priorities first. Avoid it at all costs because it really can make you feel overwhelmed and it reflects in your actions and mood over time.
My message is this: Negativity is everywhere but that doesn’t mean you have to succumb to its web of weight. You can acknowledge its existence and choose to deal with it in a way that suits you. Whether it be acceptance for growth and critique or simply avoidance of drama and negative thinking, replacing it with positivity and mindfulness.
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