Dan Trathen DMin, PhD Clinical Psychologist & Certified Business & Life Coach

What is an OPTIMIST?

“The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds.  The pessimist is afraid it is so,” quipped novelist James Branch Cabell.  What is an optimist?  How do they think and behave?  Optimistic people are individuals who are positive and encouraging.  Optimists act rather than react.  They are more intentional and willing to overlook some issues.  Optimists do not get as distracted by situations and personal feelings, and can keep focused on their goal.  They are visionaries who can visualize how a person or event can positively develop and seek to implement details toward that end.  They are leaders who have confidence in themselves, their leadership style, and their vision.  While pessimists are infectious, optimists are contagious because they are hopeful.  Webster’s defines optimism as “an inclination to anticipate the best possible outcome.”  The power of optimism is the process of positive anticipation and giving others the benefit of the doubt. Whereas pessimists tend to sink in never-ending circumstances, optimists float on the top like buoys–buoys that mark the channels and dangerous shoals and reefs.  We need to be careful to follow the lighthouse of optimism.

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