Optimism is a strength. It’s a strength that we all possess, but one that very few make a priority in their lives. We all have the ability to wake up each and every morning and decide if we are wanting to focus on all that is right in our lives, or if we want to focus on all that is wrong.
Simply put, whatever we decide to focus on generally tends to be the catalyst behind all of our actions and emotions.
Have you ever noticed how easy it is to focus on all that is wrong with life? Have you ever realized how much more challenging it is to focus on everything that you are blessed with instead of focusing on the things that are missing from your life? And despite knowing that optimism brings more joy, happiness, and fulfillment to our lives, we still often choose to take the easy way out.
Optimism Surrounded By Pessimism
For the last three years, I have been working in customer relations. This basically means that our customers (the company that I work for) come to me when there is an issue, and I am then responsible for helping our customers to solve that issue.
I’m sure you can imagine how many complaints I deal with on a daily basis. If I had to guess, I would have to guess that about 75% of the people that I work with are just looking to complain about something. And this isn’t even including the individuals who work in the same department as me.
The thing is, when you focus on negativity and pessimism, that’s what your life will become. People wonder why bad things keep happening to them, and it’s because they choose to focus on the bad instead of focusing on the good.
It would be all too easy for me to come into work every single day and hate what I do, complain about not having the best job, or argue that I’m not getting paid enough. But what would that solve? What good would it do me to focus on all of the bad instead of focusing on all of the good?
The truth is, I am thankful for my job. Sure, it might not be the most exciting job in the world, but it helps me to support the lifestyle that I enjoy living, and it has given me some of the closest friendships that I have ever had.
Moreso, I am good at my job. I am the youngest employee on my team, but I have the most responsibility, I am consistently one of the top performers, and I am one of the only ones who can leave work and say that they actually had a good day… most of the time.
There is a reason for all of this. There is a reason why I perform, why I am trusted, and why I continue to have good days. It’s not because I go into work and focus on the negatives. It’s because I go into work and choose to focus on the positives. I choose to see others for the good in them even if they come across otherwise. I choose to help others instead of arguing with others. And I choose to make the most out of the opportunity that I have in front of me because I know that being optimistic will open more doors for me than being pessimist ever would.
That’s what being optimistic is all about: being happy and making the most out of the life that you have.
Being An Optimist
Being an optimist doesn’t mean that we don’t recognize the challenges and struggles in life. Being an optimist simply means that we choose to focus on all that is good in life because we realize that it doesn’t do us any good to focus on all that is wrong.
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Everybody endures challenges and struggles throughout the course of their lives, and being an optimist won’t change that. But ask yourself something. Ask yourself what good it is going to do you being a pessimist? What are you going to benefit from by focusing on the negatives in life? You will not be able to find an answer because there isn’t one. There are no benefits to being a negative individual.
Focusing on all that is bad in life is only going to decrease your overall quality of life. It is going to result in weaker relationships, lower amounts of self-confidence, and greater amounts of doubt in everything that you do.
Optimism Is A Strength
Those who are optimistic are the ones who have the best lives. They are the ones who have the best relationships, the ones who are filled with the most happiness, and the ones who tend to be the most successful. Why? Because they prioritize the good in life and therefore they attract the good in life.
The choice is completely up to you. You can either choose to be optimistic and live the best life that you have lived so far, or you can be pessimistic and live a life of sadness, anger, and resent. Just remember, pessimists don’t have the ability to change the world, only optimists do. So be optimistic in a pessimistic world, and make the most out of the life that you are blessed enough to live.
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