“Optimism is the faith that leads to Achievement. Nothing can be done without Hope and Confidence.” – Helen Keller
Optimism definition from the dictionary: Hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something.
In life no matter what comes at us we have to keep an optimistic mind, hoping for something good to come out of the circumstance whether it be good or bad. It’s the only way to keep our sanity, otherwise we would be overcome by grief, sorrow and negativity.
Helen Keller is such an inspiration. Being deaf and blind, she was taught how to communicate and she became an author, political activist, and lecturer. And through her life and activism she challenged the stereotype and said that people with disabilities can live a full and complete life. She had an optimistic way of thinking to be able to overcome so many obstacles.
In my life I have had to deal with depression and anxiety, there have been seasons where I just could barely get up and do what I had to do. And when filled with anxiety I have a hard time exposing myself to situations where there are too many people. It’s something I am still learning, how to overcome anxiety. But one thing I know, and it’s that if I give in to the thoughts that come into my mind filled with fear or negativity, I can tell them I can do all things because Jesus is with me He has already conquered any obstacle. And I keep an optimistic mind about things and situations in life. Always trying to think the best will become of each situation.
It’s a way of thinking we have to choose everyday.
According to Psycology Today, To be optimistic we should:
- Notice our negativity. Listen to ourselves and what we say and how negative it is.
- When something negative comes to mind, think of something positive to say even if it doesn’t ring true at the time.
- Search for positive aspects of situations. You lost your job but this gives you the opportunity to get a better job.
- Think of someone you know has a positive outlook and ask yourself what they would do or think in a certain situation.
- Give others positive feedback. Even if they did a job poorly, there has to be something that was good.
- Give yourself positive feedback. Even when you try to say that “anyone could have done this”, “I got lucky” . Sometimes pessimists feel uncomfortable with good things and often fear disappointing others by acknowledging their own strengths. Just say thank you to others or to yourself when someone says something nice to you.
- Practice, practice, practice. Sometimes we can still have negative thoughts. Learning to be positive can take time, just as learning to be negative took time.
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, But a good word makes it glad.
Becoming an Optimist by Psycology Today. Amy Przeworski Ph.D.
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