Are you an optimist or a 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 has no expectations, since he knows nothing would turn out as he wants. He also said that this attitude ensures that he never gets disappointed. Is he right in his attitude? It is an attitude of defeat and pessimism.
A pessimist sees the problems and the difficulties, and does not aim high. A pessimist does not expect success and progress and makes no effort to better his or her life. This state of mind leads to passivity and unhappiness.
On the other hand, and optimist is a person who expects plans to turn out well. He or she expects positive outcomes, is confident, and has a happy frame of mind.
I would like to clarify an important point about optimism. It is not an attitude of just believing that everything would be all right, and doing nothing about it. Real and useful optimism means believing that plans would turn out as expected, but also making plans, taking action and spending time and effort to better your life.
Optimism means expecting success, favorable results, and believing that things would turn well. Optimism should be combined with a practical attitude and common sense. You need to look for solutions actively, instead of waiting passively for things to happen.
An optimistic state of mind should go hand in hand with action and activity, not with passivity. Optimism means 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 real optimist believes things will be okay, but takes difficulties into account and does not fear them.
Optimism awakens faith in yourself, in your abilities and in the Universe, but you also need the “extra steps”, which are being practical, making plans and taking action.
Dare to be optimistic. It doesn’t cost you money or time. It’s free, and makes you feel better, more confident and more energetic.
“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”
– Dale Carnegie
“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.”
– Dalai Lama
“Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.”
– Nicholas M. Butler
After reading this post what do you think, are you an optimist or a pessimist? If you tend to be a pessimist, why not learn to become an optimist? This is possible and within your reach.