Optimism is expecting that things will turn out well, that good will triumph; finding positive meaning or perspective in any situation.
Some people just seem to be born with more optimism than others, but it is a trait that can be developed. It begins with assuming that an answer or workable solution can be found in most situations. A second assumption is that everyone is doing the best they can. Finally, optimists believe that the skills needed to move forward and to find positive solutions are attainable by all. If you have a tendency to imagine the worst-case scenario and this approach to life is holding you back, then learn to challenge your negative assumptions and beliefs. Optimism involves the ability to view things from a different, more positive, point of view. (See also, Perspective Taking). Optimists are realists with an expectation of success.
If you or any of your work associates exhibit the following, you’ll find remedies at EQDashboard.com are a real benefit:
- Gives up after initial efforts to solve a problem
- Points out what is wrong instead of what is working
- Criticizes and judges others’ intentions, ideas, and efforts
- Naively assumes a positive outcome without adequate investigation Demands assurance of success before agreeing to new venture
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You might also consider (a sampling of suggestions from EQDashboard.com):
Keller, Helen. Optimism: an Essay. New York: T.Y. Crowell, 1903. (Read online at www.archive.org)
Obama, Barack. The Audacity of Hope. New York: Random House, 2006.
Seligman, Martin E. P. Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life. London: Vintage, 2006.