Optimism is assuming the best outcome is possible. Pessimism
assumes the worst outcome is inevitable. These two different types
of people view life entirely differently. However, there is little doubt
that optimists are happier, healthier, and generally more successful
in all aspects of their lives. A little optimism goes a long way.
Many people believe that one’s past determines one’s level of
optimism or pessimism. To a certain extent, that is true. Children
raised to think positively are far more likely to remain optimists
than children raised with negativism. However, as adults, we
always have choices. Whether we spend our time making lemonade
out of lemons or complain about the shortage of lemons is always
choice. While optimists see possibilities, pessimists see problems.
Pessimism is a mindset that we can change. This will happen when
we want more out of life and when we believe we can achieve it.
While negative thoughts keep us focused on roadblocks and
reasons not to act, optimism and positive thinking open our mind
to new opportunities. It fills us with the belief that life can provide
us with more. Optimists don’t expect guarantees, but they are
willing to risk roadblocks and failure for the chance at success.
They see every reason why they should try for happiness.
It is this belief and mindset that determines the quality of their
lives, not their ability, luck, or fate.
Optimists never see themselves as victims of circumstances. They
understand things can go wrong at any time, but they also know
how many good opportunities are possible. So, they learn to deal
with obstacles to reach their goals and dreams. For optimists,
obstacles are lessons to be learned on the road to success.
Optimists feel in control of their lives, while pessimist are certain
that life controls them.
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