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Dealing With Negative Energy at Work

August 22, 2010

Recently, I have talked with several people about their negative experiences at work: bullying supervisors; colleagues set on the main chance without thought or regard for others; a project micro-managed by an executive keen for personal kudos, undermining the value to others.

In an email response to my article last week: Discovering Your Passion, one reader wrote:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anne-naylor/discovering-your-passion_b_678131.html

My workplace has in the last few years become a rudderless ship, a toxic place with a lot of unhappy people. A place needing love. I have been staying sane the past two years by focusing on my gratitude of having a job! Someone in another division just commented to me this past week that they could sense the vortex of the negative energy and its pull in our library. It was at that point that I realized I’ve been sucked into that more than I realized and in doing so mindlessly, helping it spin a bit too. I caught myself in that energy, contributing to that energy, repeatedly throughout the week…argh!

If you are in a toxic workplace, what choices do you have? Normally, I would say: get out and find another job. Given that you spend most of your waking day at work, it surely cannot be worth subjecting yourself to the stress and distress of negativity.

However, these days, that may be easier said than done. Jobs in your area may now be fewer. There is a saying: What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger.

So what is the opportunity you are being given? What strengths can you build? How can the “dark” times come to serve you? What is their greater purpose for you? How can you be more creative?

A few years ago, I went through a relatively dark time. I say relatively because in the light of the Pakistan floods, nothing I have been through can compare. I used my own time of darkness to turn to the lightness of the spirit within me. It was a daily commitment to focus in ways that enabled me to become truer to myself. Although I did not know it at the time, I was preparing myself for something much better which was to show up later.

Here are a few suggestions that might assist you to lift above any dark times:

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