The Importance of Being Optimistic and Confident

source: Peter Caspiolay

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve talked about the importance of practicing your dialogue for responding to self-doubt and not taking no for an answer.

What it all really boils down to, though, is having a positive, optimistic outlook.

Now, let me just say that I don’t think being positive is a way to guarantee happiness, wealth or success. However, I absolutely do believe that it’s an important characteristic of those who are successful.

People who are optimistic & confident…

  • believe that they can do anything they put their mind to.
  • are less likely to give up the first time something goes wrong.
  • see the possibilities and opportunities that other people might miss.
  • get excited about overcoming challenges rather than discouraged by them.
  • inspire the people around them towards a shared vision or goal.
  • bounce back more quickly after failure or rejection.
  • aren’t afraid to try new things.

While some people are naturally more optimistic and confident than others, you can also learn to be more positive by simply practicing these skills. When you find yourself being negative or pessimistic, stop and look on the bright side. Prepare yourself for the inevitably of “failure” when trying something new and plan on trying and trying again until you succeed. Surround yourself with positive, optimistic people who inspire you to have a different outlook. Read biographies and quotes from successful people.

Do you consider yourself an optimistic and confident person? How do you respond to challenges?

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Very interesting to read! A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

  2. I have never been really confident, I feel rather half empty on the inside, but oddly, I am a risk taker. I put myself in uncomfortable situations that I know I am scared of. About 80% of the time I excel. I have high expectations for myself as I am a successful and intelligent young female. I don’t know what motivates me, it is definitely NOT the approval of others. From my past experiences, I have been known to thrive in situations where I am unsure of myself. Maybe I am confident, but don’t feel it on the inside???

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