Saturday, 18 September 2010 19:50

OPTIMISM: FOUR WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR OUTLOOK, ON AND OFF THE JOB

Written by Administrator
Rate this item
(0 votes)

Tina Turner asks “What’s love got to do with it?” in her hallmark song. I’ve had coaching clients who repeatedly argue the connection between optimism and increasing their success in the same plaintive tones. Using my best Emotional Intelligence training, I explain that optimists are people who look at the brighter side of life, and maintain a positive attitude, even in the face of adversity. “Oh that”, they say, “doesn’t matter, as long as I get the work done.” Really?

Wouldn’t you rather work with an optimist? Wouldn’t you rather surround yourself with a team of optimists? When the chips are down, who would you more likely turn to?

Optimism reflects the degree of hopefulness that one incorporates in his or her life. Optimism gives people the power to tackle challenges head on, as their mindset allows them to focus more on possibilities rather than consequences. Some of us are optimistic by nature, but the good news is that we can learn to be more optimistic.

Optimism DOES matter. Our workplaces are not the most optimistic environments these days.  According to some fascinating research from DDI (Development Dimensions International), the average American spends 15 hours a month criticizing or complaining about his/her boss.  In the face of these tough economic times, nearly everyone feels unsettled, overworked, under-appreciated, and perhaps a bit insecure.

There’s plenty of adversity to go around. That reality makes optimism a critical skill to have, as it often separates “star performers” from others in our workplace. Optimism is also essential when working in groups or with cross-functional teams. Having an optimistic outlook is often contagious and it will have a positive impact on coworkers’ performance. By showing a passion and optimism for your work, group members will see your resilience toward challenges.

Here’s a few strategies to ramp up your optimism:

  1. It’s about choice. Choose to view setbacks as temporary, not permanent. Do not repeat or ruminate on negative thoughts.
  2. Avoid dwelling on negative past experiences. If you face a difficult situation, determine the cause, take corrective action and move forward. Too much obsessing about the past can paralyze you –just when acting is most needed.
  3. Focus on positive outcomes for future behavior.
  4. Get that optimistic mood in play! Think about past successes, then “Fake it ‘til you make it!”


Please contact me for more Optimism strategies or info about Emotional Intelligence. I’d love to talk to you about the Bar-On EQi and EQ360 assessments. For a deeper read on this topic, I recommend Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life, by Martin P. Seligman. Ph.D.

"Happiness is easy, but learning not to be unhappy, can be difficult." ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer

Administrator

Administrator

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

1703 comments

  • Comment Link Guestsquam Sunday, 30 April 2017 04:07 posted by Guestsquam

    guest test post
    bbcode
    html
    http://googlee.te/ simple

    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Comment Link Lakesha Wednesday, 26 April 2017 23:31 posted by Lakesha

    The day has right now appeared, if you can deliver forth an exceptional sound, your very own. At
    the same time, you don't need to get this amazing sum of money so you
    are able to record your songs. They are well that can deal with lot of things after the program is scheduled as per
    the needs of the user.

    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Comment Link RobertNuh Saturday, 22 April 2017 08:12 posted by RobertNuh

    She finished her chic seem with a pair of Cinderella-inspired heels and an oversized zip-up. Photo: News Of course, it would not be a true Kardashian-Jenner outing without a mini photo shoot. Kim Kardashia Ray J sex tape http://shadmitten.skyrock.com/3171300479-Any-Kim-Kardashian-Adult-porn-Movie-All-of-us-Realized-It-could-Occur.html - like this. Observe the trailer and understand much more about the game at the 30-minute mark below.

    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Comment Link viagra_online Saturday, 22 April 2017 00:04 posted by viagra_online

    Hello! Useful site http://www.cheap4cialis.com/ Please, Welcome to my website! http://cialis4forsale.com/

    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Comment Link Duglasebicoicy Wednesday, 19 April 2017 22:24 posted by Duglasebicoicy

    Любой текст 2 слова

    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Comment Link RobertClemo Wednesday, 12 April 2017 14:43 posted by RobertClemo

    Последние новости здесь [url=http://mybiysk.ru/]mybiysk.ru/[/url]

    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Comment Link avaoj60 Friday, 07 April 2017 19:38 posted by avaoj60

    Pornographic blog pictures from internet
    http://asian.adultnet.in/?aleah
    erotic vampire movies erotic love letters french erotic erotic movie erotic messages

    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Comment Link Vincentsmolo Thursday, 16 March 2017 02:47 posted by Vincentsmolo

    Казино Star Games – один из лидеров индустрии азарта http://star-games.ucoz.com - More info!..

    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Comment Link ThomasMup Sunday, 12 March 2017 13:45 posted by ThomasMup

    http://s2.uploads.ru/t/CbxJG.jpg

    What You'll Do
    Discover Verona by Segway
    Learn about the sights such as Piazza Erbe and Juliet's House
    Be put at ease with a 30 minute orientation session
    Combine a modern way of transport with an unbelievable cultural experience
    Overview
    Experience historic Verona from a unique perspective on a 1-hour Segway tour. Glide through the historic center with a tour leader and informative audio guide. See monuments such as the Arco dei Gavi, Castelvecchio, Porta Borsari and Casa di Giulietta.
    What to Expect
    Climb aboard a self-balancing Segway/Ninebot and enjoy Verona from a new point of view with a tour leader and audio guide. Marvel at monuments of historic and artistic interest without getting tired and bored. You will first have a 30 minute orientation session to make sure you feel comfortable and confident on the two-wheel vehicle before you set off.

    Follow a route that takes in many of the city's most iconic attractions including:

    - Portoni della Bra
    - Gran Guardia
    - Museo Lapidario Maffeiano (Maffei Museum)
    - Palazzo Barbieri-Municipio (Barbieri Palace)
    - Verona Arena
    - Castelvecchio (The Great Guard)
    - Arco dei Gavi (Gavi Arch)
    - Porta Borsari (Roman gate)
    - Corso Porta Borsari
    - Piazza delle Erbe
    - Palazzo della Ragione with the famous Scala della Ragione
    - Piazza dei Signori (Piazza Dante - Lord's Square)
    - Arche Scaligere (Scaliger Tombs)
    - Casa di Giulietta (Juliet's House)

    https://www.getyourguide.com/verona-l389/-t92925/

    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Comment Link Lenard Sunday, 12 March 2017 05:56 posted by Lenard

    I believe everything posted was actually very logical.
    But, what about this? what if you were to create a awesome post title?
    I am not saying your content isn't good., however what if you
    added a title that grabbed a person's attention?
    I mean OPTIMISM: FOUR WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR OUTLOOK,
    ON AND OFF THE JOB is kinda plain. You ought to look at Yahoo's front page and watch how they create post titles to get viewers to open the links.

    You might try adding a video or a related pic or two to get people excited about everything've got to say.
    In my opinion, it might make your posts a little livelier.

    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Add comment


Free Report

LEADING NOW:How to Stand Out as a Leader in these Unusual Times

Name
Please type your full name.
E-mail
Invalid email address.
Please enter the characters shown Please enter the characters shown
Invalid Input

Bonus: this enrolls you for our free ezine

We value your privacy - we do not share your email address with third parties.

Get the Book