By Remez Sasson
Are you an optimist or pessimist?
Do you know what is the difference between an optimistic person and one that is pessimistic?
I have recently heard someone saying that he is a pessimistic person, and therefore, has no expectations, and so, he never gets disappointed. Do you also think so?
I would like to clarify an important point about optimism. It is not an attitude of just believing everything would be all right, and doing nothing about. It is not just a state of belief.
Optimism means expecting success, a favorable outcome, and that things would turn well, but real and useful optimism should work together with being practical, and looking actively solutions, instead of waiting passively for things to happen.
An optimistic state of mind should go hand in hand with action, activity, not passivity. Optimism is positive thinking, but positive thinking should go hand in hand with positive action.
A real optimist does not just keep a smiling face, saying that everything will be all right, but refusing to think in practical ways and to take action.
A pessimist thinks negative thoughts, and does not give himself any chance to succeed.
An optimist believes things will be okay, but that is not enough. This is the first step. Optimism gives you faith in yourself, in your abilities, and in the Universe, but you also need the “extra step” – “Taking Action”.
If you want to learn more about this subject, I highly recommend that you read the article “How to Be Optimistic”, which I wrote some time ago, and which further clarifies this subject.
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