Optimism is a strategy for making a better future.
Because unless you believe that the future can be better
you are unlikely to step up and take responsible for making it so….
The choice is yours.
– Noam Chomsky
A wealth of scientific evidence as well as human testimony reveals that positive, optimistic people excel in school, are healthier, higher achievers, make more money, have better life experiences, are more creative, handle stress better, face up to problems faster, reach goals faster, accomplish more—and yes, even live longer. Who wouldn’t get excited about all of that?
As Bruna Martinuzzi says in her article Optimism, The Hidden Asset, “Optimism is an emotional competence that can help boost productivity, enhance employee morale, overcome conflict and have a positive impact on the bottom line.”
If you don’t think you’re a naturally optimistic person, don’t despair because Dr. Martin Seligman has shown that optimism can be learned and practiced. And this is an attitude you’ll want to take on not simply for your career, but for every area of your life.
What does it mean to be an optimist… it is expecting the best in people; it is anticipating the sun will shine even when you’re in the midst of turmoil; it is trusting that you can overcome the challenges confronting you… and this attitude reveals itself in every area of your life. It is a powerful mindset that will provide a career advantage for you and your future.
What better time of year then at Christmas to chose optimism as a gift to give yourself? Enjoy all the benefits which include being more productive.
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Tomorrow is Christmas. I wish you and your family the best and merriest celebration ever! And I hope your 2015 is your most successful and productive year ever filled with growth, learning and accomplishments beyond your wildest imagination.