Optimism, The Best State of Mind

By Audrey Marlene


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To Be Optimistic

How many times have you heard the saying "Is the glass half empty or half full?" This simple saying may have lost its true meaning or become cliché because is so often said. But if we truly examine its meaning, we may realize the power of optimism that lies within those words. It has the power to change your life, your business, your health, your career and bring you closer to realizing your goals in life.

When one is optimistic, they have a positive view of life. This vital ingredient for living allows us faith to believe that situations will turn out well for us. This relieves unnecessary stress that enables improved health, more productivity, and a better quality of life. Research has shown that people who are optimistic have stronger immune systems and are more resistant to illnesses and chronic diseases.

To be optimistic takes a conscious effort. Even though you may have your mantras or daily reminders of how optimistic you should be, the transformation has to take place from within the conscious mind. It takes deep introspection and self-examination to truly understand why you are prone to pessimism and how it holds us back in life. But once you do, you will feel ready to discard the grip that pessimism has on you.

When you are Optimistic

The way you rationalize situations and the self talk and self explanations you give, determine how optimistic or pessimistic you are. When you encounter challenges along the way do you cower with defeat, or do you identify a positive angle from which to operate?

When you are optimistic, nothing stands in your way. You have the tenacity to persevere in spite of the roadblocks ahead. When one path is blocked you discover alternative ways to surmount them. You become a great problem solver, finding solutions for any difficult situation. You see every opportunity as a chance to succeed, turning over every piece of evidence to find clues. You most often anticipate the best outcome.

When you are optimistic, you are motivated and ready for success. Your ambitions are turned into goals and you devise plans for achieving these goals. You are more willing to take risks to achieve the level of success you desire. The optimistic mind is always alert and ready for action, inquisitive and aware.

When you are optimistic you become a leader and motivator among your peers or the people you come in contact with. This is something that happens naturally. Your level of optimism will inspire others to reflect on their ways of thinking to adopt your optimistic style. You will find that others gravitate towards you because your optimism will draw them in.

Being an optimist is a choice you must be willing to make. Choose to see the glass as half full and not half empty. If you wish for a positive outcome, choose to think optimistically to create that outcome. The way you think determines the successes in your future. If you are a pessimist your goals will hardly be realized. If you are an optimist, the chances of achieving your goals are highly increased.

Remember what you focus on is where your energy is placed. Focus with optimism and attract positive results.

Are you an Optimist?

So you now know how important it is to be optimistic. You are aware of how critical it is to your health, your success, and your future. So how do you know if you are an optimist? Optimistic people are:

  • Confident people
  • Upbeat, cheerful people
  • Positive people
  • More productive people
  • High achievers
  • Healthier people
  • Hopeful with a clear vision of the future
  • Happier people
  • More resilient
  • Easily loved by others and pleasant to be around
  • Focuses on what they have and not what they don't have
  • Not critical of others
  • Encouraging of others
  • Not easily agitated or stressed out
  • Self-motivated
  • More open-minded people
  • Enthusiastic about what they are doing

  • Sometimes our level of optimism is something we carry over from our childhood. Maybe you have or had negative or critical parents. Parents, are you creating an optimistic environment for your children to thrive in?

    Take a step back and observe your life from a bird's eye view. Realize the level of success you want to achieve for you and your family in all areas of life. Make the decision to improve the mood in your environment. Remember it's a choice you must make to be optimistic so you can achieve the success you deserve!

    Do you believe you are an optimistic person? Are there areas you need to work on? Do you feel you need help? A life coach can assist you in getting started on your optimistic journey.

    How to be Optimistic

    I realize how difficult life can be at times. We are bombarded each day with loads of negative information. We very seldom hear positive news anymore. It seems the only stories that earn ratings in the media are sad, negative stories. And our human nature tends to dwell more on the side of negativity than positivity. So how can we still remain optimistic?

    Let's look at ways in which you can improve your level of optimism.

  • Strengthen your emotions If there are unresolved issues holding you back, seek help to resolve it. Don't allow another day to go by without getting the help you need to resolve any internal conflict.

  • Improve your level of faith. Change your expectations. Expect the best outcome of every situation. This is where faith comes in.

  • Finds things to laugh about. Sign up to receive the joke of the day. Start your day with a laugh.

  • Start your day with some form of physical exercise. This allows the brain to release its endorphins, which will increase your level of optimism.

  • Get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation will put you in a foul mood. As sellp deficit accumulates, your ability to stay positive is eliminated.

  • Start your day by putting on something that makes you feel good about your appearance. Looking good helps to feel good.

  • When disappointment comes your way, stop and see what you can learn from it. Then find ways to turn it around to make something good happen from it. Don't just let it take over your life where you become the victim. Disappointments happen to everyone. It's the way the deal with it that distinguishes you from the pessimist.

  • Stop complaining. This only reinforces a negative mentality within your subconscious. The more complaints you send out the more negativity returns.

  • Do continuous positive self-talk. Talk to yourself as if trying to encourage a negative friend to be more optimistic. These repetitious reinforcements can replace the negativity in your subconscious.

  • Find ways to strengthen your self-confidence

  • Find ways to improve your self-esteem.

  • Biofeedback therapy can help you change your negative thought patterns to create a more optimistic outlook.

  • Do something nice for someone. Small acts of kindness will bring a ray of sunshine into your life. These bursts of sunshine will go a long way in generating more optimistic energy in your life.

  • Be thankful for what you have. Just imagine if the things you cherish in your life were taken away. How would that make you feel? Sad right? Of course! But isn't it amazing how we give little importance to the things we already have. When you begin to show gratitude for the wonderful talents, people and gifts in your life, a spirit of optimism is given room to invade your life. Each morning you awake, give thanks for your many blessings.

    Optimism is the best state of mind to be in. Make that choice today! Click here to read the article below to for more insight on optimism.

    Quotes on Optimism

  • "An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity." - Winston Churchill

  • "Optimists are right. So are pessimists. It's up to you to choose which you will be." - Harvey Mackay

  • "The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; they pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious of the rose." - Kahlil Gibran

  • "The person who sends out positive thoughts activates the world around him positively and draws back to himself positive results." - Norman Vincent Peale

  • "No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit." - Helen Keller

  • "If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought." – Peace Pilgrim

  • "It's not that optimism solves all of life's problems; it is just that it can sometimes make the difference between coping and collapsing." - Lucy Macdonald

  • "For myself, I am an optimist--it does not seem to be much use being anything else." -Winston Churchill


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