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The Importance of Optimism

Maintaining a positive outlook

Is the glass half full or half empty?


The answer to this question is often used as an indicator of how someone views the world and how optimistic, or pessimistic, they are likely to be. While many people would agree that being pessimistic is not always ideal, there is a perception that optimists are slightly out of touch and see the world through rose tinted glasses. However, when grounded in reality, optimism can contribute to success both in and outside of the workplace.


Optimism refers to having a positive outlook on life even in the face of adversity. It involves being confident and hopeful about the future and contributes to a person’s level of emotional intelligence.


Here are just 3 reasons why optimism is so important in the workplace:


1. People with high levels of optimism tend to be resilient, viewing setbacks as temporary problems that can be overcome. This outlook means you are more likely to maintain a positive attitude and persevere during challenging times at work because you believe the situation will get better in the future.


2. If you want to boost morale or inspire others at work, then optimism is a necessity. Being optimistic helps to motivate other people because you are able to paint a positive vision of the future. For example, if your team are not meeting their targets for the year, you might encourage them by talking about how successful they have the potential to be next year. This helps your team view the current challenge as temporary, improving their expectations for the future.


3. Optimistic people often expect that everything will turn out well in the end. As a result, you may be more inclined to set ambitious and challenging goals for yourself. This is because you are less likely to fear or expect the worst and therefore, you are unlikely to worry about whether or not something will fail. Setting ambitious goals stretches you and your abilities and encourages you to reach heights others would be too scared to try.


An optimistic outlook can help you be resilient, motivational, and ambitious in the workplace and beyond. So, start expecting positive outcomes in your future and develop your optimism today.


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