Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Personal Strength of Optimism - I Can See Clearly Now...

Optimism is the ability to achieve a balanced perspective in spite of having to deal with adversity—to see the upsides along with the downsides, the advantages along with the disadvantages, the opportunities along with the challenges. I love this song because I thrilled to it in my youth, and it inspires such a wonderful spirit of optimism.

I know you have to deal with challenges all the time. It seems to be part of what's involved in having a life and pursuing dreams. And the the more we dream, it seems the more we experience mistakes, frustrations, failure and loss.

But don't let this blind you to your strengths, your resources, your relationships, your knowledge and skills, the opportunities out there waiting for you to pursue them, the simple pleasures of your life. When adversity visits again, let your negative reaction dissipate, and take another good look at what you have going for you. See it clearly.


Anonymous said...

Awesome! Optimism actually changes your brain and makes it grow. It affects your entire life. I just saw a cool video on this if you want to check it out go here.

Beth said...

A "sunny side up" personality is more of a self-discipline than many realize. It isn't something that optimistic people just wake up with every morning! Good stuff, Denny.