Here’s how Dictionary.com defines optimism: A disposition or tendency to look on the more favorable side of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome.
Let’s break this optimism definition down into 3 choices you can make today and every day to become more positive about your life and business.
Optimism Definition: 3 OPT IN Choices You Can Make Today
OPT IN to Your Reality. The first step towards optimism is to embrace reality. Your reality includes both good and bad circumstances. And guess what…the same is true for everyone. Optimistic people have not been blessed with better realities than others. In fact, while some of the most miserable people you’ll meet have been blessed beyond belief, many others have faced more than their fair share of challenges. Yet these optimistic people choose to view challenging circumstances through positive lenses and consistently grow in learned optimism.
OPT IN to Your Responses. Optimistic people don’t just embrace reality, they shape it. They realize none of us are in control of the vast majority of events that occur in our lives. However, they also realize there is one thing we completely control and that is our response to events. Therefore, optimistic people take ownership of their responses to events and positively shape their outcomes. Bottom line, there is no better working definition of optimism than E+R=O.
OPT IN to Your Results. Optimistic people believe in the power of positive thinking. Not in a mystical or magical way, but in a results-oriented way. They believe the Proverb: “As a man thinketh, so is he.” What this means is optimistic people practice the power of positive thinking (i.e. “as a man thinketh”) in order to shape the results they achieve (i.e. “so is he”).
When all is said and done, optimistic people OPT IN to their reality, responses, and results because they see this as the best OPTION for success.
Questions: Which OPT IN choice is easiest for you and why? Which is most challenging for you and why?