“…I’m not an optimist, because that, in a sense, is something that depends on feelings more than the actual reality. We feel optimistic, or we feel pessimistic. Now, hope is different in that it is based not on the ephemerality of feelings but on the firm ground of conviction. I believe with a steadfast faith that there can never be a situation that is utterly, totally hopeless. Hope is deeper and very, very close to unshakable. It’s in the pit of your tummy. It’s not in your head. It’s all here,” pointing to his abdomen. -The Archbishop Desmond Tutu-
“The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser – in case you thought optimism was dead.”– Robert Brault
From Zach Cutler’s article in Entrepreneur.com
There are 5 Benefits to Being Optimistic
- See failure as a new start; Failure is not the end, in fact it is often the beginning of something great.
- Be expansive; Pessimism makes us contract and shy away from new or adventurous things. It causes us to fixate on the negative possibilities and be trapped by fear of failure.
Optimism, however, opens us up to new ideas, new experiences and new possibilities. It frees us up to consider new options and change our businesses, and lives, for the better. It helps us look to the future and create expansive, evolving realities.
- Get Healthy; dwelling on negativity isn’t healthy. Not only are optimists generally happier and less stressed, but also they tend to have healthier hearts. Focusing on the positive, instead of the negative, improves mental well-being, which can motivate individuals to take better care of their bodies, as well.
- Spread Good Vibes; Optimism can be contagious. Attitude is everything. A positive team will be driven to accomplish goals and work together to move things forward.
- It is the Best Choice; Optimism helps us see new opportunities, learn from different situations, and keep moving. There are no upsides to being a pessimist.
“Life is too short to spend your precious time trying to convince a person who wants to live in gloom and doom otherwise. Give lifting that person your best shot, but don’t hang around long enough for his or her bad attitude to pull you down. Instead, surround yourself with optimistic people.”– Zig Ziglar