by Carey Nieuwhof: Leadership takes courage, and my guess is that some days it feels the cynics and pessimists have sucked almost all the courage and hope out of you.
I get that. We’ve all had our share of cynics and pessimists try to dissuade us from action.
We live in an age in which there is no shortage of opinion. The challenge these days in leadership (and in life) is that a lot of those opinions are not particularly helpful.
On most teams, boards and in most organizations and churches you’ll find cynics and pessimists who are constantly offering opinions on what you should do, or more frequently, not do.
The question you have is this: how do you handle the cynics and pessimists, whose usual response to your new idea is to explain to you why it won’t work, why it’s doomed to fail or why it’s simply not worth pursuing?
Of course, cynics and pessmists rarely own up to being who they are. Instead, they tell you they’re realists.
Realism is often just a thin disguise for the much deeper problems of cynicism and pessimism.
Realism is often just a thin disguise for the much deeper problems of cynicism and pessimism.Click To Tweet
The worst thing about the constant barrage of negative voices is that they snuff out hope. And you never get to a better future without hope.
So how should you respond? How do you keep hope alive when the cynics and pessimists keep telling you it can’t happen and it won’t happen?
Here are five ways to handle the negative voices that come your way…
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