Why Optimism Creates Opportunity and Success

Posted by Creatiq Support | Saturday, December 30, 2017

Why Optimism Creates Opportunity and Success

Posted by Creatiq Support | Saturday, December 30, 2017

Where you are today is the end result of all your decisions. For example,
you have a job because you chose to look for and do what was necessary to get
one. Imagine not ever making such a decision because you felt you had bad
interviewing skills, and improving them was hopeless. You wouldn’t be enjoying
the benefits of your current career and might be living a destitute life.

If you’re neither an all-out pessimist or a complete optimist, then your
current position in life was made possible by the decisions and risks you chose
to take up to this point. However, it’s very likely that opportunities were
missed because limiting beliefs prevented you from looking for them and
exploring those that came your way. These pessimistic beliefs act as a kind of
brake that permits you to only get so far.

Pessimism is also detrimental to job performance. The pessimist is a kind of
“can’t-do” person as opposed to the “can-do” mindset of the
optimist. That is, the pessimist focuses 100% on reasons why the barriers to
progress are insurmountable. On the other hand, the optimist believes there is
a solution and perhaps several solutions that remain to be discovered. In the
world of business and of people, this is usually the case. Solving difficult
problems requires persistence and a willingness to look for solutions in
unlikely places. It also demands a great deal of energy and effort, which the
optimist is willing to expend.

By contrast, the pessimist wouldn’t exert any effort because he or she has
already determined that solving the problem is impossible. The
middle-of-the-road person between pessimist and optimist would exert some
effort but would reach a breaking point in which doubts prevent him from
putting in the required effort. Eventually, the optimist’s persistence pays off
and she solves the problem and perhaps gets a promotion for this and other
similar accomplishments.

This is why optimists tend to find greater success in their careers and in
other aspects of their lives. They also enjoy other benefits. Stress is less of
a problem for them and they may even thrive on it. Many optimists perceive
stress as exhilaration induced by a challenge. This means they’re less likely
to suffer stress related health problems. Their optimism, if authentic,  also permeates their
interactions with other people, which makes them more likeable.

Fortunately for those who aren’t optimists, the trait can be learned.
Positive self affirmation, affirmation of others, questioning the reality of
one’s limiting beliefs, and associating with optimistic people all contribute
to changing one’s pessimistic ways.