I have been seeing many articles lately which speak of either negative situations, negative people or even bullying. There is one thing that each and every one of these things have in common. It is NOT you, it's THEM!

Take the bully for example, why does someone feel the need to bully? It's simple, low self-esteem. The person that bullies has something that they feel they need to prove, either to themselves or someone else, and they do this by belittling others. The only way this poor person has to boost their ego and their self-esteem is by making someone else look or feel smaller than they feel on the inside.

Negative people are on the same type of wavelength as the bully. When someone criticizes, they are reacting upon a reflection, a reflection of something that they see in another that they don't like about themselves. Once again, this has nothing to do with YOU!

When you can stop for a moment and recognize the true nature and reasons behind negativity that comes from others, it is an empowering experience! There is no need to feel bad about YOU! If you are happy with yourself then that is all that counts. What others say, think or feel need have no impact on your personal feelings of self-worth. The next time someone feels the need to criticize you, in a non-constructive way, take a moment to pause, reflect and ask them a question about themselves. This simple step is disarming and will open up new avenues of communication.

There is nothing more rewarding than the opportunity to turn a negative experience into a positive one. Take the time to reflect on that and discover how you can be a mirror of positivity for others!