Optimistic, Pessimistic, Opportunistic, or Realistic?

April 04, 2018
Geoffrey Morris
There are a few ways that you might look at your personal and professional life, and what difference each viewpoint can truly make with regards to how you see and experience the world.

We all have expectations when it comes to our lives, our businesses, and our overall success. We have a vision of how things should go for ourselves, and what we want our future to look like. Sometimes, how you view things will have a huge impact on the actual results that you get. Let’s look at a few ways that you might look at your personal and professional life, and what difference each viewpoint can truly make with regards to how you see and experience the world.

The Optimistic View – When you look at your business and your life optimistically, it doesn’t mean that everything will go exactly as you plan. However, it means that you absolutely believe that in the end, everything will work out in your favor. If your expectations and attitude are positive, everything changes. Regardless of how long it takes and what the outcomes might be, being an optimistic thinker provides the energy, motivation, and excitement to push you forward every day. So, even if you feel that there needs to be improvement in your relationships, your wealth, or just your future in general, be confident in knowing that with the right approach, commitment, and outlook, everything is going to be ok.

The Pessimistic View – Because things don’t go our way at times, we tend to think negatively, and assume that the future will just be a repeat of the past; we expect the same results and end up feeling rejected and helpless. Sometimes, we even stop trying and end up saying, “What’s the use?” This gloomy and negative view becomes a vicious cycle, and is an absolute dream killer, inspiration killer, and action killer. Don’t be a part of it. I know that it’s not always easy to be cheerful and positive when things don’t go your way, but we have to believe that in these cases, the past does not equal the future. Remember, we have the ability to do something different or make things happen at any time that can completely and positively change the direction of our lives and our future success.

The Opportunistic View – Another beneficial approach to your business and life occurs when you look for any and all options that will lead you to ultimate happiness and success. There is always more than one way to get the results that you seek, so if one doesn’t work, be creative and find another. Don’t throw a pity party; chalk up your failures to experience, and get excited about new possibilities and better outcomes that will result. Those who are successful and happy have gotten really good at looking at alternative solutions to every day issues. Don’t be afraid to be one of these people, and pursue every new opportunity that can bring you everything that you need and want now, and in the future.

The Realistic View – You’ve heard of the saying, “It is what it is”. Sometimes we just have to accept what life throws at us. We cannot control everything. However, what ultimately matters the most is not what happens to us, but how we respond to what happens to us. So, when things don’t go your way, don’t fret; there will always be another chance for you around the corner. Every day is a new day; miracles happen all the time, and another door will open soon. The key to resiliency, and getting back on your feet, often lies in your acknowledgement of the situation. You are human. Take things as they come and don’t beat yourself up too much if you don’t get the results you want 100% of the time. With acceptance comes growth, knowledge, and maturity.

How you choose to view your business and your life will go a very long way in determining your overall stress and happiness level. You have choices to make in every aspect of your life, so my question to you is, “Why not choose to see things positively, optimistically, and opportunistically”? Believe in yourself, what you can accomplish, and that the best is still waiting for you. Believe that things will work out for you the way they should and that you will be better off because of it. The world is yours, so go out there and conquer it. Although you need to put in the work and time to get the results you desire, it happens a lot more easily when you have unlimited confidence, an unwavering faith in yourself, and a positive mindset and attitude that is dedicated to long-lasting growth and success.