Positivity, Optimism and the Right Mindset
Positivity, Optimism and the Right Mindset
As an entrepreneur or employee, as we all know, there will be difficult days, hard times and stressful periods. Although it’s not easy to spot the silver linings, but having a positive attitude, optimism and the right mindset can help us overcome difficult times and emerge victorious.
Optimism is a trait that should become more common, judging by Winston Churchill’s famous quote that “a pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Optimism has been proven to improve the immune system, prevent chronic disease, and help people cope with unfortunate news. Gratitude is associated with optimism and has been determined that grateful people are happier, receive more social support, are less stressed, and are less depressed. Recent research indicates that optimists and pessimists approach problems differently, and their ability to cope successfully with adversity differs as a result.
Martin Seligman defines optimism as reacting to problems with a sense of confidence and high personal ability. Specifically, optimistic people believe that negative events are temporary, limited in scope (instead of pervading every aspect of a person’s life), and manageable. Of course, optimism, like other psychological states and characteristics, exists on a continuum. People can also change their levels of optimism depending on the situations they are in.
THE RIGHT MINDSET
Best-selling author, Rev. Chris Oyakhilome, D.Sc., D.D., President Believers’ LoveWorld Inc, (aka Christ Embassy) in his book The Power of Your Mind, says “who you are today is a function of your mind. Your personality is the expression of the contents and working of your mind. Why hold on to something that’s a connection to unhappiness? Did you know that negative thoughts could reconstruct your face and cause you to look older than you actually are? This is the reason some folks look ten years older than their age.
What you do with your mind is so important. Remember, you are the expression of your mind, and the quality of life you will live here on earth isn’t a function of your spirit but of the character of your mind. Your mind can make you poor or rich. It can place you on the pedestal of glory and greatness or dump you in the dust of suffering and shame”
Here are a few benefits optimism and positivity can bring, even in the face of adversity:
See Failure as a Challenge
Failure is not the end, in fact it is often the beginning of something great. When things are good, we coast along without making any quantum leaps. When things go bad, our world gets shaken up, which requires us to grow, see new things and start afresh.
Optimism allows us to learn from failures, pick up the pieces and move on to something greater. The greatest business ideas, and times in life, can be born from failure.
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.
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 is contagious. Having an upbeat attitude can inspire everyone around us.
Attitude is everything. Optimistic leaders can help motivate and engage their employees. A positive team will be driven to accomplish goals and work together to move things forward.
It Is The Best Choice
There is no better alternative to optimism. Pessimism doesn’t achieve much, and doesn’t have any benefits over optimism. Being optimistic obviously doesn’t mean seeing rainbows 24-7 or walking on the red-carpet. Everything won’t always be great. But optimism helps us see new opportunities, learn from different situations, and keep moving. In life, movement and growth is essential, which optimism helps us achieve.
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