Beware of the Dark Side of negativity
I read an interesting article the other day about dark side of negativity and pettiness. The jest of the article was maintaining a positive attitude during stressful times. The article was in my wife’s ASRT Scanner magazine written by Peter Rath, M.P.A., R.T.(R). (Article is unavailable to link to, not online).
The author goes on to say that it is easy when things aren’t going right or in a stressful situation to say something that you will regret later.
Reminds me of the scene in Star Wars – Return of the Jedi where the Emperor is trying to turn Luke to the Dark Side. You too must resist the draw from “The Dark Side”, The Dark Side of negativity. Oh, I feel the anger building up in you, let it out, let it turn to negativity.
I think we all have been in stressful situations at work. A user complains about a reporting taking a long time to run, to a server/database crash. The stress can escalate when a solution is needed right away and an answer is not known right away. How we handle this can tell a lot about you as a person. These are the situations where we can shine and be that Rock(star) or be the “Go-To Guy or Girl”.
I leave you with a quote from Jedi Master Yoda. “But beware. Anger, fear, aggression. The dark side are they. Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny.“
What do you do to help you in stressful situations?