ISSUE 90 ISSN 1712-468

Cynicism is not realistic and tough. It's unrealistic and kind of cowardly because it means you don't have to try. 

Peggy Noonan
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This Week´s Inspiration

Nobody Likes a Cynic!  

Cynical: Contemptuously distrustful of human nature and motives; deeply distrustful; implies having a sneering disbelief in sincerity or integrity; implies having a gloomy, distrustful view of life; suggests a rooted distrust and dislike of human beings and their society

At times many of us have been guilty of cynicism. Given the situations going on in the world, it might be easy to become cynical about life. The key is to not stay in that mood for very long. 

What are the benefits of being cynical? There are none, certainly not in the long term. Being careful and cautious is healthier than being gullible, but that does not justify cynicism.

Cynicism—and its unhealthy companion whining—not only drains the energy out of the person engaging in this negative practice, it drains energy from everyone around that person. 

Cynics rework past disappointments and take possible joy away from the future. 

Personally, I am rarely a cynic, although I can have a tendency to be a critic. When I am cynical, my energy to engage reduces, my creative choices seem to vanish, and I become grumpy. That’s not much fun for anyone!

Every day, you can tune into a daily dose of cynicism from the media. There are entire programs—networks, even—whose sole purpose is to be cynical about everything and everyone. If you listen to them and buy into their stories, you might think nothing or no one is being done right! Ooops, for a moment I was getting cynical. See how easy it is to slide into the pit? 

You control your environment and what you permit into your life and your mind. If the media is taking you out, turn it off. You do have choice.

Sometimes cynicism comes from frustration with life. Some people feel there are no good jobs, partners, customers, employers, homes, etc.

I agree with Dr. Wayne Dyer: You attract what you think about. Cynics look only at what is missing. Why are they surprised when their lives become more and empty? 

If you have friends or family who are committed to ruining everyone’s day, reduce your contact with them, if at all possible. Don’t permit someone to dump in your air space.

Let those people know how their behavior is affecting you and others. Sometimes, individuals are so caught up in their negativity, they become unconsciously trapped in the habit. See if you can set up some guidelines for engagement when you are with them.

I want to encourage you that you do have a purpose and a reason for being. Whining will only make things worse. Who wants to hire or hang out with a whiner? 

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This Week´s Action Steps

Nobody Likes a Cynic or Whiner

  1. Yes or No: Would others call you a whiner?
  2. If Yes, what benefits do you gain? In my opinion, there are none. So why do you think that way?
  3. If you are a cynic, start considering ways to reduce that habit.
  4. Don’t let cynics drain you of your energy. Reduce your time with them as much as you can.
  5. Challenge friends and family about this unproductive habit. Be real and honest, but don’t become a whiner about the whiner.
  6. Limit your exposure to cynical media sources
  7. Read my new book to help you clarify what you do have. The 88 pages in My Source EXPERIENCE Journal™ – A Personal Discovery Process for Those Who Want to Lead a Passionate and Fulfilling Life will guide you to uncover your Source and provide a roadmap for communicating it to others.
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  8. The message is simple but critical: Cynicism and whining rob us of our opportunities, our positive and healthy energy, our friendships, and our success. Who would want to do that to themselves? Not you, I trust.

Until next time, keep Living On Purpose!.

Ken Keis

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