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Don’t Be Fooled into Thinking That Optimism is Always Easy

Just because optimism is the ideal and is a huge driver to your success, does that mean it is easy stay positive?

Is there some special optimism button that you can turn on like a light switch?

The answer, unfortunately is no and the sad truth to remaining optimistic is that it is not always so easy. Bad things do happen, workloads can get you stressed out and not everything is always rosy-colored.

I’m not bringing this up to discourage you, but in fact to encourage you. Don’t feel as if you are a failure because of an air of negativity you can’t seem to shake off. You are human after all and ups and downs are inevitable.

It’s easy to say “stay positive” but it is another thing to remain positive all of the time, even if you believe in how powerful optimism can be.

The key to fighting negative thinking is to recognize pessimism when it comes. If you don’t recognize it, it is impossible to change your attitude. Once you recognize that you are looking at something with a gloomy lens, you can then take proactive steps to fight negative thinking.

While it is important to use whatever techniques you can to get yourself out of a depressed outlook, it is equally as important to not let yourself get more down because you have some cynicism or doubt. Doubting yourself is bad, but allowing yourself to get even more down because you can’t stop doubting is even worse.

Before you even try to combat doubt, remember that we are all human and doubting oneself is normal. Once you accept that, then, by all means, do whatever you can to try to boost up your morale.

2 comments… add one
  • Tom Volkar/ Delightful Work December 3, 2008, 6:48 am

    Yes, you are correct, awareness is key for just about everything. That’s the first step to turn thinking around is simply to catch oneself in the stinking thinking. What trips up some folks is finding the willingness to select another thought when they know they are caught within negativity.

  • Matt Thomas December 3, 2008, 10:47 am

    Yes, that’s exactly my point. In order to move on to being positive, it is first necessary to recognize that you are being pessimistic, but not beat yourself up over it. Embrace whatever feelings it is you are having as normal and human, and then work from there.

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