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?