Our World Needs More Optimists

Those who believe in positive results think the world looks bright.  They see the good in things and not just the bad. They carry a smile on their face instead of a frown. Author John Maxwell said, “A pessimist is a person who regardless of the present is disappointed in the future.” An optimist then is a person who regardless of the present is excited about the future. The world is full of pessimists. We are conditioned to be negative and cynical. I find it interesting that very few people would admit to being negative. They use the excuse that they are “realists” not “pessimists”. The problem with that is reality is based on perception. We create our world and our experiences. Optimists just tend to create better worlds. The great thing about optimism is that it is simply a choice. Let me explain with this story about my friend
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Three Ways To Become an Optimist

Last week I spoke at The Million Dollar Round Table in New Orleans, Louisiana. I had a chance to sit in on a few of the other sessions and in one of them I listened to Shawn Achor. Shawn Achor is a New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage. He is the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University where he delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard. Shawn’s work on happiness and positivity became mainstream when his Ted Talk went viral. Shawn shared three habits that have been scientifically proven to make you an optimist. These simple habits are powerful enough to counteract your genes, your environment and your habitual pessimistic thinking. Three Ways To Become An Optimist: Take 1 minute every day and vocalize three things that you are grateful for in your life. Make sure each day
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Power of Positive Thinking

I wanted to share this quick story about the power of positive thinking. I hope it makes you stop and think the way it made me. John is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, ‘If I were any better, I would be twins!’ He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, John was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation. Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up and asked him, ‘I don’t get it!’ ‘You can’t be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?’ He replied, ‘Each morning I wake up and say to myself, you have two choices
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