Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Optimist or Pessimist?

Last time I had a small talk with someone about people who often bring negative thoughts in their life. Not negative acts in a sense that they're doing something bad but more in a way that the person always have a pessimistic thought about the things we want to do or we have done. I can relate that more into their behaviour and their pessimistic way of viewing and living their life. I was not gossiping about the person who often bring pessimistic influence but I was just trying to figure out the reason why such a person can have that negative thought about almost everything. It really is an opposite side of me.
I always see something in a positive way and try as hard as I can to always be on the optimistic side of life. I guess it's important that you always be able to be an optimist in everything that you do, because in that way, you will be able to encourage yourself to do things better. And you will also have faith that you can do anything that you wish to do. Don't you think it's good? I do. I believe that optimistic and pessimistic are really contagious. I suggest that we should be surrounded with those who have optimistic thought in their mind, while on the other hand we must be able to help our 'pessimistic' friends and drag them out of their negative thoughts so they will also have courage and belief that they can do it.

I have been giving some thought lately to optimism and pessimism. Basically, these are attitudes. Attitudes that shape and formulate our entire existence. I mean, have you ever met a happy pessimist? Of course not.
In short, our optimism or pessimism is this:
- The way we interpret the past
- The way we experience and view the present
- The way we imagine the future

Have you given much thought about how your attitude, whether you are an optimist or a pessimist, affects you business, organization or school? Have you thought about how it affects you personally? And what about the team you are a part of?

What is optimism? It is a belief that things in our past were good for us, even if that means they were hard and taught us lessons. It is also the belief that things will be better in the future. Here are some contrasts between optimism and pessimism and how they affect us:
  • Optimism breathes life into you each day
  • Pessimism drains you
  • Optimism helps you to take needed risks
  • Pessimism plays it safe and never accomplishes much
  • Optimism improves those around you
  • Pessimism drags them down
  • Optimism inspires people to great heights
  • Pessimism deflates people to new lows
There is only one way that optimism and pessimism are the same and that is that they are both self-fulfilling. If you are an optimist, you will generally find that good things happen to you. And if you are a pessimist, you will find yourself in the not-so-good situations more often than not. So can a person just become an optimist? Yes! We can choose to look at the world any way we want to. We can choose to look at the world and think the worst, or we can tell ourselves the good things about each situation. As you find yourself looking at your enterprise, begin to view it through the eyes of an optimist, and you will reap the rewards listed above, and so will the people around you.

There are tremendous benefits to being an optimist, as stated above. But there are some pessimists out there who will say, “But that isn’t realistic.” I say “Who cares?” If things go awry, at least I have spent my time beforehand enjoying life and not worrying about it. And, being an optimist, I would view the “negative” situation as an opportunity to grow and learn. So I can even look forward to my failures because they will be stepping stones, and learning tools to be applied to my future success. Have you ever met a successful pessimist? Become an optimist and see your world change before your eyes!
(source by Chris Widener from selfgrowth.com - images via justbesplendid.tumblr)