The view from my office was snow amongst the blossoming trees. Ironic is the operative term here. It didn’t stick, but at home we lost one of our trees and some other parts of PA saw power outages. Crazy weather!
Anyways, I wanted to talk to you guys today about optimism
If you look up the definition of optimism, it states that it is “an inclination to anticipate the best possible outcome”
Or in other words, to see the glass half full, to make lemonade out of lemons, or to have an overall positive outlook on life. How many of you would consider yourself an optimist? I like to consider myself an optimist, but many times it is oh so easy to sink into a feeling of “the world is out to get me”.
Reading Fitness Magazine last night made me realize how optimism is not a trait you are born with but rather something that needs constant practice. They related it to a muscle that needs strengthening. I can get behind that!
While a pessimist will see things as beyond their control, an optimist tends to view their life and future as something within their power. And if you think about those who live a healthy lifestyle, we are pretty much a big group of optimists! We workout and eat right in the thoughts that our health and well being are within our control.
In order to live with optimism, I think it is best to temper it with a bit or realism. Consider this…you want to lose weight, so you’re optimistic about your action plan and shoot for a goal of 40 pounds in 6 weeks. Obviously, you may be setting yourself up for failure and your optimistic attitude will likely turn to pessimism in a few weeks. Tempering your optimism with a little realism would make your plan look more like this: I know that 2 lbs a week is healthy and my plan is solid so I’m shooting for a weight loss of 6 – 12 lbs by the end of 6 weeks.
Understanding what is possible and being optimistic about the best possible outcome is what can drive us into success.
Surrounding yourself with constant reminders of your goals is a way to stay on track and keep yourself optimistic.
The Tone it Up girls recently released their 2nd annual Bikini Series and have invited everyone to create an inspiration board. I’ve always loved the idea of one because keeping it within view can remind you of your goals and passions.
I’ve been working on mine. I put quotes, inspirational people, and certain yoga poses that I hope to conquer one day.
I loved this from Self Magazine. I think it speaks highly to what a well thought out plan can do for your optimistic attitude.
Even Shalene Flannigan hopes to smash her own preconceived notions about herself and what she is capable of each time she toes the line.
So all in all, be optimistic, but have a plan. Chart your course of action.
Be a proactive optimist!
I would say Charlie is doing a great job at being an optimist. He thinks he can now do yoga 😉