You don’t have to be an optimist to think like an optimist.
An optimistic outlook is life-enhancing. People who automatically tend towards optimism are more likely to be successful in reaching their goals. They enjoy better health, and bounce back from adversity more easily.
Our emotions are what really matter, for emotions have a big impact not just on feelings, but on how we engage with life and the outcomes we create for ourselves.
If you are an optimist, you see setbacks as temporary, something to be overcome, and even learned from. What’s more, you won’t blame yourself for defeats, because you see them as due to circumstances or bad luck. You perceive a setback as a challenge which spurs you to try harder.
By contrast, if your outlook is generally pessimistic, you are more likely to feel defeated in the face of adversity. You’ll tend to take it personally, to blame yourself for your ‘failure’, to struggle emotionally, and even to suffer from depression.
This practical book will lead you through five exercises to retrain your thinking. You’ll learn how to use optimistic thinking strategically, using proven skills to give you more choices. You’ll see possibilities, rather than limitations, and opportunities, rather than obstacles. Your confidence will grow as you achieve more of your goals.
Think like an optimist
We all have automatic habits in how we think, and they can produce an inner struggle, as optimism and our inner pessimist vie for supremacy over our hopes and aspirations. While this is going on, our ring-side emotions are what really matter, for emotions have a big impact not just on feelings, but on how we engage with life and the outcomes we create for ourselves.
Learning optimism and teaching ourselves to use it by choice can have far-reaching consequences that go deep into our unconscious processes and create emotional and physical resilience. Even if it doesn’t suit you to take a positive outlook, becoming more resilient should be of interest for its proven advantages when dealing with the unavoidable setback and adversity that life throws at us.