Moratorium On Negativity: Day 4


I received several emails and tweets this week from several of you reporting that you’ve noticed a change in in your colleagues and friends this week. Isn’t it amazing how much people can change? Or . . . . . . . maybe we have changed. I’m reminded of the statement by Dr. Wayne Dyer, “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Wouldn’t it be equally true to say, “If you change the way you look at people, the people you look at change?” I think so.

Starting on Monday of this week, many of you decided to make a commitment to avoid making negative statements. Although this is the last day of work week for many, it certainly isn’t the last day of the week. I would encourage you to carry this over into the weekend. I believe this kind of thinking and behaving will have a positive impact on how we see our family members, our friends, and maybe even strangers we meet at the grocery store. Who knows? It might even change the way we see ourselves.

Matt Knisely

Matt Knisely is an Emmy Award–winning visual storyteller, creative director, and author who loves telling stories of the extraordinary. Make sure you check out his book Framing Faith, it helps connect the seemingly unconnected, see the beauty right in front of us, and revealing how to be present in the moment.

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  1. I have enjoyed your comments/challenge/moratorium on negativity this week…this is something that I work to encourage in my family & others, the fact that we do not need negative thoughts or comments in our lives, in our home, or when speaking of others…thankful that I do not hear or see much…having a positive outlook and attitude can truly be life changing…I want to be about encouraging and not tearing down…thanks for the reminder…have a great weekend!

  2. Matt… love this series of posts man. Great job.

    Shoot me your mailing address. Want to send you a copy of "The No Complaining Rule: Positive Ways to Deal with Negativity at Work" by Jon Gordon. – Also have a great Bible study PDF I can send you to take a peak at. Title says "work" but it applies to all areas of our lives.

  3. Daniel…great book by Jon Gordon…Matt should enjoy that one.

    Matt…I agree with Steve…these series of posts have been great reminders to be positive. I even tweeted that people be optimistic about going to church instead of assuming nothing will change.

    Lead on!