Become an optimist!

Martin Seligman is an American psychologist, educator and author of self-help books.

Seligman writes in his book Learned Optimism, that optimism is the most important quality you can develop for personal and professional success and happiness. Optimistic people seem to be more effective in almost every area of life.

Optimists demonstrate four special behaviours which can all be be learned through practice and repetition.

Here is how you can be an optimist:

  1. Optimists look for the good in every situation. No matter what goes wrong, always look for the good in every situation.
  2. Optimists always seek the valuable lesson in every setback or difficulty. Your mantra should be “Difficulties come not to obstruct but to instruct”. Each setback or obstacle contains a valuable lesson to learn and grow from.
  3. Optimists always look for the solution to every problem. Instead of blaming or complaining when things go wrong, become action-oriented. What is the solution? What is the next action step you can take? What can you do now?
  4. Optimists think and talk continually about their goals. Think about what you want and how to get it. Think and talk about the future and where you are going rather than the past and where you came from. Look forwards rather than backward.

When you continually visualise your goals and ideals and talk to yourself in a postive way, you will feel more focused and energised.

You will feel more confident anc reative. You will will experience a greater sense of control and personal powr.

The more positive and motivated you feel, the more eager you are to get started and the more determined you are to keep going.

This blog post was adapted from Chapter 16 of Brian Tracy’s book Eat That Frog (Amazon link)  21 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time” published in 2007.

Martin Seligman’s Authentic Happiness web site is worth reading.

This is my 200th blog post on Charuzu! My goal is to publish my 250th blog post by 31st December 2012. That’s 2 posts a week.


Author: charuzu

I live in Sydney and interests include music, piano playing, technology, cooking, English language, public speaking, Toastmasters, Asian culture (especially Japan and Korea), cinema, personal development, productivity and making friends with people from around the world.

2 thoughts on “Become an optimist!”

  1. I’m always just a “bit” sus of people who smile (or seem “happy”) all the time; I wonder: “what are they REALLY thinking/up to???”. ;0)

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