Optimism Is Not Optional

Optimism is having a positive outlook on life, but the one thing an optimist cannot view as positive is a pessimist! In your vision of the world is the image of yourself. Whether you see the glass as half full or half empty, optimism fuels hope which strengthens your immune system and thus is essential to your physical, mental and emotional well being. If your beliefs are more powerful than your circumstances, your behavior and circumstances will adapt to your beliefs and expectations. Without a neurological explanation, Christopher Reeve, a quadriplegic,  had movement because of sheer desire and belief. Optimism makes you bigger than your problem, thus turning obstacles into opportunity.

However, optimism must be complemented by optimal thinking which helps to eliminate unnecessary disappointments by exploring options and making the optimal choice from realistic alternatives. If the cost of failure is high, optimism may be the wrong strategy.  Often times, optimism may blind us from obvious obstacles that if they were identified and removed, we would reduce stressful consequences and be more successful in achieving our goals.

Tips to Keep Spirits High:

  • Change Your Language. Choose only positive words. State that which you hope for and wish to overcome vs, what you may fear. The nonconscious mind does not decipher the do’s from the do not’s as it only gets the general message.
  • Detach from Circumstances.  Don’t let the environment and adverse circumstances dictate your feelings states. Your emotions are your choice. Lincoln, who suffered from depression said, “People are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
  • The Attitude of Gratitude. When you are thankful and grateful for even the little things, you are focused on the positive which electromagnetically attracts more good things to you.  Remember, if you want it, GIVE IT!

Edie Raether, MS, CSP, is a change strategist, international speaker, author and wellness consultant.  Visit Edie at www.raether.comand www.stopbullyingwithedie.com or contact her at edie@raether.com.