Lately I’ve been giving some thought to Optimism vs. Pessimism. Basically both are just attitudes – but what a difference each one makes on the way we view our past, experience our present and envision our future. Whether you are an optimist or a pessimist affects those around you and impacts your business and well as personal life.
The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
I’m definitely an optimist. Even over the last few years of economic hardship I still see the glass-half full. I believe that being an optimist keeps you moving forward and helps you take needed risks. It becomes self-fulfilling if you believe positive things will come of your circumstances, and then, more often than not, good things will happen. I even look forward to my failures because they will be stepping stones, and learning tools to be applied to my future success.
What if you’re a pessimist? Don’t panic. You can change. You can choose to have a new attitude. Pessimism drains you, while optimism breathes new life into you each day. You can tell yourself to see the good side of each situation and not the negative. Each time you do it, it helps create the habit of being an optimist. Before you know it, your optimism will spread to those around you and soon everyone can reap the rewards of an optimistic attitude.
Be an optimist and see your world change before your eyes!