The Need for Negative

Abhay Padgaonkar

We all know the benefits of positive thinking, but seeing the glass half-full does not make it full. The fact is, many failed projects overdose on optimism first. So whether it's called cynicism, skepticism or negativity, questioning rose-colored project assumptions and expectations is a healthy habit for all team members.

We all know the benefits of positive thinking. We are taught since an early age to look at the glass as half-full, not half-empty. According to the Mayo Clinic, "The positive thinking that typically comes with optimism is a key part of effective stress management. And effective stress management is associated with many health benefits." Then, why on earth would you want to engage in negative thinking?

“To 'choose' dogma and faith over doubt and experience is to throw out the ripening vintage and to reach greedily for the Kool-Aid.” — Christopher Hitchens

Coach Bob Knight in his latest book “The Power of Negative Thinking,” explains: "The point is the negative thinker always knows there is a chance that he can get beat, so he works to make that as unlikely as he can. The coach caught up with visioning good things and with "positive imaging," risks having the real possibility of losing never even enter his mind. So he has a tendency to overlook problems he needs to prepare for.…

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