The Power of Optimism
In the 1950s, Normal Vincent Peale published
The Power of Positive Thinking. The
book’s message was that faith, prayer and positive thinking were the keys to
a successful life. The book was wildly successful and had a record-setting
run on best-seller lists.
many areas, optimists achieve greater success than pessimists.
optimists achieve more because they expect more, and as a result work harder
and more persistently toward their goals. But it is also partly a
self-fulfilling prophecy – optimists encounter fewer negative events in
their lives because they take more proactive steps to avoid them.
Optimistic Thinking Techniques
"Optimism is the
where we're going.
Not where we're coming from." ~ Simon Sinek
perspective is the key to:
Optimism is a mental
or world view that interprets situations and events as being best
(optimized) and includes the hope that future conditions will unfold as
"Optimistic thinking has sometimes gotten a bad
rap as being unrealistic, but
research has found that we can indeed live
healthier, and more successful lives
if we can learn to
opportunities in problems."
~ Stephen Kraus
Due to optimistic
problems will become merely challenging
opportunities that you can
turn to your advantage. They provide
opportunities for personal growth and
can stimulate your
for finding better ways to live.
Can you become more optimistic? Can you adopt
a positive attitude?
Yes, you can.
You are what you think!
"Declare independence from
negative thinking." The simplest way is to
empty your mind, clear it of all fears and anxieties while replacing them
with positive thoughts.
burning belief in
noble life mission and a
burning desire to achieve
Can-Do attitude that will help you to
dream to reality.
Surround yourself with optimistic people because optimism is
contagious. So is pessimism. Studies find that people who live with
depressed people tend to become depressed themselves. Surrounding yourself
with optimistic, supportive people will help you turn occasional optimistic
thoughts into a
habitual way of thinking.
Another powerful tool for optimism is "2P & 3P
thinking," suggested by Stephen Kraus. When good things happen to you, and when you
goals, try to understand why those events occurred in
Personal, Permanent and Pervasive terms. If you
manage a successful project
at work, take credit for that success. Attributing it to your intelligence,
for example, offers an explanation that is personal (you are intelligent),
permanent (you’ll always be intelligent) and pervasive (your intelligence
will help on other projects as well).