“To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.” – The Optimists Creed Okay, I know this quote is a little ideal, but positive thinking is certainly an important part of dealing with set-backs and difficulties. Be this as it may, remaining positive, optimistic, and hopeful is not always easy, particularly when we can’t seem to “catch a break” or don’t seem to have any luck. Things aren’t always going to run smoothly and we’ll run into bumps in the road, so when the proverbial stuff hits the fan, how to do deal with it? How do you handle rejection? How do you handle failure? Your response to these situations will reveal whether you tend to be more optimistic or pessimistic.
Episode #4 – How to Create a More Optimistic Outlook[audio: https://s3.amazonaws.com/SOTG/Podcast/developing+optimisitc+outlook.mp3]
Today’s episode is about how to have a more optimistic outlook. Optimism relates to how we describe good and bad events that happen in our life. It’s how we perceive these events, our attitude about them, and ultimately how they impact the choices we make in the present, and goals we set for the future. If you tend to have a perception of helplessness and assuming the worst, this would be pessimistic. People who are pessimistic tend to be more stressed out, have low self-esteem, poor self-confidence, and are even a little more predisposed to depression. If you believe good things will happen and that bad things won’t last long you would be more optimistic. Optimism has been shown to reflect success in relationships and many career domains. This is the big difference between someone who gives-up and someone who perseveres. So how can you be more optimistic? Listen to the podcast and learn how!
Highlights of today’s episode includes:
- Learn the 3 P’s or factors that lead to optimism
- How to use the ABC model to reposition and reframe your beliefs
- Using a journal exercise to create your ideal future self
- The benefits of optimism and drawbacks of pessimism for physical and emotional health
- How to start expanding your belief in what is possible
- Be a realistic opportunist, not an unrealistic optimist