Saturday, January 3, 2009

Influential Optimism

Writen by Kurt Mortensen

Optimism is more than a positive mental attitude. It is not constantly saying positive things to yourself and hoping they will come true. Rather, true optimism is a frame of reference that governs how you look at the world. Optimism means having expectations that, for the most part, things will eventually turn out OK. Being optimistic means that you really believe that you will be able to accomplish everything you set out to do. Influence and optimism come together when you can transfer your hope and courage for the state of the world, the product or yourself into the minds of others in such an irresistible way that they will be inclined to follow you.

Influential optimism means that you see the positive in all situations. Rather than focusing on disappointment or negative feelings, you look for ways to move forward. People want to spend time with individuals who have a positive view on life. As an optimist, you see the world as a series of exciting challenges. You inspire positive feelings about everything you stand for. This mindset is contagious and helps to empower other people to believe in themselves and in you. In other words, as an optimist, you help others see failure or setback as temporary. You have no doubt that success will happen. In contrast, a pessimist sees that temporary setback as permanent failure. Optimists know that when failure arises, they have something in their life they need to change. A pessimist, on the contrary, calls failure a weakness and never moves on. Optimism then is the ability to bounce back sooner rather than later or not at all.

Nobody wants to be around a moody, angry or pessimistic person. We all like and admire those who have a positive, optimistic outlook on life. Optimism and a positive attitude develop magnetic influence over others. If you are an optimist, you will attract people to your cause and everyone will want to follow you. Countless studies have shown that optimists do better in school, perform better in their careers and live longer than pessimists. Pessimists, on the other hand, battle depression and give up more easily.

When you master optimism, you will have the ability to recover from any setback or failure with an easygoing nature. True optimism is a rare quality that will take time to develop. Not only does optimism help you influence others, but when you are armed with it, you also won't fall into a state of apathy or hopelessness. You have to learn to control your pessimistic voice. We all have both an optimistic and a pessimistic voice inside of us. Which one do you listen to?

An experiment was conducted that measured people's capacity to endure pain. To that end, the subjects were asked to put their bare feet into a bucket of ice water. The experimenters found that the only factor that made a difference in the subjects' reactions to the icy pain was encouragement. When you can encourage others to create an optimistic outlook of the situation, you can also influence them. The study further revealed that when someone was present to give them encouragement and support, the sufferers were able to last longer and endure more pain.

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