“Success is measured by your ability to maintain enthusiasm between
failures.” ― Sir Winston Churchill
People who are successful in life measure high on assessments of optimistic
attitudes. It would be easy to presume they are optimistic because they are
successful, but there is enough research to show that optimism comes first.
High scores for optimism are predictive of excellence in everything from sports
to health, elections and sales. When Metropolitan Life used an assessment of
optimistic attitude to select and hire salespeople, those scoring highest on the
optimism scale outsold others in their first year by 27 percent.
“Don’t ever become a pessimist; a pessimist is correct oftener than an
optimist, but an optimist has more fun – and neither can stop the march of
events.” – Robert A. Heinlein
On the surface, optimism may appear to be a simple case of “don’t worry, be
happy.” However, an effective assessment will show that there are degrees of
optimism. Not all kinds will move us forward in life.
Here are three important tools for learning to cultivate an optimistic attitude:
1. Become aware: look at how you selectively focus on events.
2. Examine your internal dialogue; then change what you tell yourself.
3. See negative events as opportunities rather than problems.
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the
opportunity in every difficulty.” – Sir Winston Churchill
The full 1,000 word article covers these concepts:
The Importance of Optimism for Health & Happiness
A Dynamic Optimist vs a Passive One
Optimism Can Be Learned
When You Hit that Wall…
Coaching for Optimism
Resources for Optimism
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