I'm naturally critical but some might say negative.
Personally, I think there's a difference. Now I have no idea how Webster defines these words and to be honest I don't need to, it's the concept that I've been thinking about recently. The difference I'm talking about stems from the heart or intention behind the perception or the thought or the comment.
A critical eye (for the purpose of what I'm talking about) looks at something and sees where it isn't as good as it could be. It sees the potential and where the program, or person, or presentation misses the mark.
A negative eye (for the purpose of what I'm talking about) looks for what is wrong, plain and simple.
Does this matter? Well, yes. If you have a comment to say that is the opposite to a positive one ask yourself...."why do I feel like this?" Is it because you can see the potential of what this could be, and it falls shor,t or is it something else.
A critical eye is important, we need to be looking at what could improve what we're doing and how things are perceived. But, this requires action. Simply stating a problem, simply complaining about something or someone is just being negative. If you find yourself unwilling to be a part of the solution then the chances are your opinions are generated from a sinful trait...jealousy, anger, bitterness. If that's the case, you are better off (and so are those around you) if you keep quiet and get out of the way.
This doesn't give you free reign to walk all over people. You can't state your opinion just because you can see potential, of course not. You still need, tact and leadership and discernment. But none of those things will matter if your opinion stems from an insecurity within you.
Challenge negative thinking....don't be quick to discard it, but don't be quick to defend it.