‘Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” - Helen Keller
Optimism has been defined as “hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something.” Optimism is a very valuable tool that we should all learn how to engage, to produce better results in our lives.
Being optimistic can make a critical difference in outcomes of the goals that we set for ourselves. Having an optimistic orientation greatly increases the likelihood of success in our endeavors.
As one very successful client of mine has said, “I see the glass as half-full, even when I’ve spilled the whole thing.” While there is a good bit of humor in his version of this proverb, it has some well-founded advice contained in it. There will be times when you’ve accidentally spilled the whole glass. Yes, it’s empty. But you don’t have to see it as empty even when it’s spilled. Instead, you can “visualize” the glass as gradually filling up, and then being completely full. In order to achieve something, you have to be able to see the goal in your mind, to make it a real and achievable reality.
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” - Maria Robinson
We can’t go back and undo the setbacks that we’ve lived through. We can only reinvent the course that we need to be on and take that path. Start with where you are right now because that’s the only place you can start! Use your compass to find the direction towards success and put one foot in front of another. And those aren't rose-colored glasses, they're windows into a possible future.
“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” – Oscar Wilde