Optimistic Thinking: Lighten Your Load

By Jennifer Bridges, PMP (formerly, Jennifer Whitt)

“I’m an optimist, but an optimist who carries a raincoat.” – Harold Wilson, Former British Prime Minister

You have heard it before – Optimistic Thinking leads to improved health and success.  But what you may not know is that Optimistic Thinking requires more than a blind faith in the future. This healthy outlook balances realistic thinking with genuine hope. Most of all, the optimistic thinker possesses a willingness to focus on the positive in a negative-obsessed world. It’s a complex way of thinking that rests on solid inner assurance.

When you work to overcome the popular tendency to undervalue the good and emphasize the bad, you’ll see your effectiveness skyrocket in all aspects of living.

  • As a thinker, are you able to use Optimistic Thinking to effect positive change in your life?
  • As a team member, do you know how to work effectively with someone who sees only the best possible outcome?
  • As a leader, do you know how to utilize the optimistic thinker’s uncommon strengths for your team?

From salesmen to students to athletes, studies have shown that optimistic thinkers outsell and outperform those dominated by a pessimistic way of thinking. Both thinking styles can be useful in various situations, but for a longer, healthier, more successful life, Optimistic Thinking is the lighter load.

The new economy is going to continue to require us all to exercise the optimistic part of our brain and have us let reason rule. If you are selling a concept, kicking off a new project, boosting morale or diffusing tension, optimistic thinking is going to be your key to your success. If this is not your strong suit, I recommend strengthening an underutilized area of your brain you may have forgotten you have or identifying and leveraging those who excel in this area.  Doing things the old way or undervaluing the good is not a choice. Lighten your load – it’s healthier!

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