Friday, June 11, 2010

Optimism - Focus on Opportunities Instead of Obstacles

The attitude and beliefs you bring to a challenging situation dramatically affect what happens to you. Putting on rose-colored glasses and hoping for the best won’t make the problem go away. Find out what an optimistic approach really looks like and why it will get you better results. When you implement these ideas, you’ll reduce the fear and anxiety you may feel in the face of uncertainty.

If you tend to play “scary” movies in your head, try replacing them with vivid images of what you DO want. Can you feel the difference in your mind and body?
"Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out." - John Wooden, American college basketball coach

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” - Leo Buscaglia, American author

“The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose.” - Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese poet
"What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered." - Ralph Waldo Emerson, American philosopher


  1. I'm a great believer of the power of optimism. But having a pessimistic point of view can help sometimes. I believe there should be balance as you said. It's not good to be all negative, but it's not right to be all positive either. Seeing the negatives can be helpful if we turn it into something positive like what to do in worst case scenarios. Whenever I do a project, I feel like my failures stem from not be pessimistic enough that I can't prepare myself for when things go wrong or things do not turn out the way I wanted it, and I can't fix it anymore. And it's not good to be all negative because it stops us from moving forward. Often times, all these negativity stems from fear. And we can always turn this fear into
    something positive that we can use to serve us and not rule us.

  2. Hi Meredith,
    I like the quote from Leo Buscaglia: “Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.”

    Truly transforms your day and your life because it puts you into action mode.

    I also want to add that for those on Twitter who want to have their original inspirational thoughts heard -- you may want to jump into @JKWGrowth #BeOriginal stream. Simply label your original through with that hashtag and watch it fly!!

    Thanks for this post. I will RT on Twitter.

    Lastly, Since I am reading this on Dec. 31, 2010, I also wish you and your readers a wonderful New Year!

    Kate Nasser


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