ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

On Negativity, Old Habits and Unicorns

Updated on June 16, 2011


I dislike negativity. When I am told “no”, I immediately look for the reason behind why I was told “no”. Many times, I find that people will be negative when they see no way forward so, they say: “no”, “it’s impossible”; “there is no way” and “you can’t do that”. Yet, just because some people see no way forward (in whatever endeavor), that does not mean there actually is no way forward.

I first read The Secret several years ago and I enjoyed it. It was to a certain extent very similar to the “how to become a millionaire in twenty minutes” type of book. Something got my attention though. The book talked about being positive – something which I valued even before that book landed on my lap. After finishing it, I decided to eliminate “no” out of my vocabulary. I wanted to see if it was even possible.

Many years after, I can claim that I very seldom use the word “no”. Only when I am categorically certain of something, beyond any reasonable doubt, I use that word (or if it slips by mistake – mistakes still happen, I am not perfect). So, for example if I am asked whether or not I want to eat and I want to decline the invitation, I will say: “I already ate, thank you” or “Perhaps I will eat later, at the moment I have something else to do.” There is indeed in my opinion, always a way to express myself (if I take the time to think about it) without being totally negative and/or using the word “no”. “No” is just too easy and going through Life in the easiest way possible is detrimental regarding personal growth (I can elaborate on this if needed).

Personal growth is something which we should all strive for, in my opinion. Yet, if we always do what we are told by our superiors (be they our parents, our elders, our political leaders, etc.) there will be very little innovation in this world. Very little would change and at an extremely slow pace, if at all. Inventors throughout history have always been brave people who dreamed of a different future than the one most people could think of. Some old habits must be shed in order to persevere at times.

When Leonardo da Vinci thought about people flying (in the 1400s or 1500s was it?), most people probably thought him to be a little senile. And when Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about his dream, it was only a dream. Now, we can see that his dream is reality (not in its complete form, as racism still exists) and so, I think dreaming is important. Da Vinci's dream about us flying is also a reality. Working for your dreams is even more important though because just dreaming is not enough. I encourage people to take charge of their dreams, to be fearless and know that they can do whatever they want as long as they believe in themselves. “Anything is possible, it just costs more” (here cost does not have to necessarily mean money – think freely!).

In conclusion, I have never seen a unicorn but that does not mean that I will never see a unicorn (I know what one looks like, supposedly). If that ever was to happen, I would most likely say: “I knew it!”

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Amanda Severn profile image

      Amanda Severn 

      7 years ago from UK

      Like you, I dislike negativity, and I strive to put a positive spin on things. I've never tried eliminating the word 'no', but it might be quite a good exercise. I've also read 'The Secret', and seen the film. I don't know what I think of it really, but I do know that it's always good to walk on the sunny side when things are at their gloomiest, and to seek the shade when things are hotting up!

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      "... dwelling on certain thoughts we increase the probability of experiencing feelings associated with those thoughts" - I think you nailed the point here.

      Thoughts trigger feelings indeed.

      Cheers and thanks for stopping by.

    • Spirit Whisperer profile image

      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      I enjoyed reading this hub but unlike you I choose not to give meaningless thought any importance. The word "no" is a thought and like any other thought deserves no special treatment.

      The message in The Secret for me is, that by dwelling on certain thoughts we increase the probability of experiencing feelings associated with those thoughts. It is the feelings that attract the people and circumstances that create the reality you then perceive. Thoughts of themselves have no power but they do have the potential to trigger feelings that are the power behind our lives.

      I would also highly recommend you listen to the audio book The Power by the same author Rhonda Byrne.

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Mrs. Bobbirant, thank you for swinging-by. I have never seen the movie the "Yes Man". Sounds interesting, I will have to look into it.

      Mr. Feenix, I will have to quote someone who used to be on Hub-pages a year or two ago: "There is no way to peace. Peace is the way." - Coldwarbaby

      Mr./Mrs. Eidwwen, thank you for taking the time to read and comment. All the best!

      Mr. Wesman, I am not sure of any psychological benefits for using the word "no" less but I am having fun with it so ... why not?

      Mr. Rev. Bill, I try to stay positive because I find it helps me - to each their own though. Cheers!

      Hey, little Midianite, I am very happy to find a comment of yours. I am glad you enjoyed this piece of writing. All the best, Amigo!

      Mr. Maplethorpej, I really like your quote: "Life is not for waiting" - very nice! Although, I think someone said to me not too long ago that: "Good things come for those who wait" ...

      Thank you everyone again for your time and comments. I am grateful.

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I think you are fully right Kallini: acknowledging one's thoughts is critical. Once that is accomplished, in my opinion thoughts can be controlled and with that one's reality can be shaped and shifted at will: whichever way one wishes. I am not an expert either.

      I am a great fan of "now" too. I am also a fan of the past and the future: of all forms of "now"; of the "now" from before and the "now" which is still to come.

      Cheers!

    • kallini2010 profile image

      kallini2010 

      7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I am sorry to disagree - positive thinking is overrated - you should acknowledge your thoughts first - become aware of them. Don't change your thoughts - watch them - it is difficult - it is called meditation.

      I am not an expert, but this is my goal.

      I am a great fan of the NOW concept - there is nothing but NOW.

      Good, bad, everything is perfect as it is.

      Positive thinking when you are drowning in sadness is denial - not good.

      I am working on it.

    • maplethorpej profile image

      Jerad Maplethorpe 

      7 years ago from Minneapolis, Minn.

      Great hub! I love positivity, and I believe more people should really focus on it by keeping it conscious.

      The other night I was contemplating my bad habits and why I hadn't yet done away with them. Then, I wrote down the sentence "Life is not for waiting." It is simple, but every time I am tempted, I think it to myself. Why wait when all we have is the moment?

      Anyway, thanks for the hub! I look forward to reading more.

      P.S. My girlfriend loves unicorns, and she thinks I am one hahahaha

    • Midianite profile image

      Midianite 

      7 years ago from Australia

      Great hub dude Mr Happy. I really love how you take a certain stance on everything you've published to this site - its not just another boring publication, instead, its a concept or idea that you relay/convey.

      : )

    • Rev Bill profile image

      Rev Bill 

      7 years ago from FORT WHITE,FL

      You are right. I agree Positive Thinking is the key to our success.

    • kallini2010 profile image

      kallini2010 

      7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      It's an interesting twist in perception. I have never tried to eliminate this particular word.

      However, there is a theory that all people fall in two categories only - yes-people and no-people.

      Yes-people are immediate co-operators. They do what they are told, they co-operate willingly. Good girls and good boys. I have to admit that I was a yes-child.

      Co-operation is vital for growth and survival of humanity - it is our advantage over animals. We all co-operate.

      However,

      no-people are those who test the rules, push limits, go their own way. It is harder. My son is a no-person. There is no way you can make him do something he does not want.

      I now realized that I have to find creative ways into getting him to want to do things that he does not want to do - by creating a challenge where he can push the limits until they cannot be pushed any longer/further/farther.

      On success - we may eliminate the word "no" from our vocabulary, but there is another component -

      when you hear "no" from others - tolerate rejection and failure. Develop high tolerance for failure, negativity, expectations. It takes time, wisdom and courage.

    • Wesman Todd Shaw profile image

      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      7 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Very interesting! I wonder if there are psychological benefits more for a person such as yourself for eliminating (as much as is possible) words such as "no," or if the benefits are more in the direction of persons who received a less negative answer/explanation than they would have with a simple syllable answer word such as "no."

    • Alladream74 profile image

      Victor Mavedzenge 

      7 years ago from Oakland, California

      "The difficult we do immediately,the impossible takes a little longer'- — World War II military slogan

    • Eiddwen profile image

      Eiddwen 

      7 years ago from Wales

      Another great read from you.

      I am catching up on reading hubs this afternoon and I'm glad I called round yours.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

    • feenix profile image

      feenix 

      7 years ago

      W. B. Isley, and bless you.

      Writing on HubPages about whatever ails you is very good therapy. I have written a number of hubs about my trials and tribulations and that has helped me immensely, not to mention that I have received a great deal of encouragement and support from other contributors to the network.

    • W. B. Isley profile image

      W. B. Isley 

      7 years ago from Monett, MO

      Bless you Sir. You are truly an inspiration to us all.

      I am working through my version of despair. I am uncovering the little piddling messages that I internalized and forgot about decades ago. The ones that let us know we are less and we choose to believe. I've been working on writing them down so they are outside of my subconscious where I can see them and work through them.

      Thank you for sharing.

    • feenix profile image

      feenix 

      7 years ago

      Mr. Happy,

      I, especially, identify with this hub.

      You see, up until not so very long ago, I was mired in misery and despair, largely because I was addicted to alcohol and other narcotic substances.

      However, I am quite pleased to say that today, I am happier and feel more content than I ever have in my adult life.

      And one of the primary reasons why I feel that way is I greet each day with love in my heart and with nothing but positive thoughts. I try to live my life based on the message that you conveyed in this post.

      Thank you.

    • BobbiRant profile image

      BobbiRant 

      7 years ago from New York

      I love the movie "Yes Man" when a person joins a support group and cannot use the word no. Great hub, being positive does allow positive things to happen.

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Haha ... shameful of me to not think much about that, especially since I speak at least two other languages beside English.

      It is very true what you say Mr. Diogenes, in French "je" (meaning I) has small letters. In Romanian the word is "eu", again small letters. In German one would write "ich" (I used to speak some German in another life-time). So, I guess English is for some reason different in this aspect. I am curious why that is now.

      In respect to using the word "I" - I use it a lot. I sign with it. I am just that: "I" and when you think about yourself you are "I" too. In that, we are the same: we are both "I" and ultimately, I could/can be You and You can be I.

      Great comment, thank you very much. I greatly appreciate it.

    • profile image

      diogenes 

      7 years ago

      Totally agree with the word "No," and (you may not like this); this writer tries pathalogically to keep the pronoun "I" out of writing and convesation, too. Especially the capitalising of it. English is one of the few languages which does this...Bob

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)