Introduction to Optimistic Thinking

“What is hope but a feeling of optimism, a thought that says things will improve, it won’t always be bleak, there’s a way to rise above the present circumstances. Hope is an internal awareness that you do not have to suffer forever and that somehow, somewhere there is a remedy for despair that you will come upon if you can only maintain this expectancy in your heart.”

Optimistic thinking poster for the blog post. Try to see th good in every situationOptimistic thinking is reflected in the Wayne Dyer quote above. I wanted to lead off with something to catch your interest because optimistic thinking or an optimistic mindset is foundational to everything we practice here at Beautiful Summer Morning. 

For the longest time, I believed that optimism was something only happy people could conjure up, like a magic spell. In my mind, these people were always smiling, never sad, and perpetually seeing things through rose-colored glasses. So, the Universe repaid them in positive thoughts and endless happiness.

I learned from reading Mindset by Carol Dweck that I had a fixed mindset belief. In other words, if you aren’t born with it, you don’t have and that was that.

For a long time, I’ve believed in our unlimited potential as both spiritual and physical beings. Yet most of us persist in these fixed mindset ideas. 

Basically what I am saying is, that you can adopt optimistic thinking with a little effort and study.

Change Your Mindset

Optimistic thinking, or positive, thinking, is the practice of seeing the good in any given situation. It can have a huge effect on your mental health and inner peace.

Let’s begin our journey by asking ourselves: Right at this moment where would I rate myself of a scale of one(being the lowest) to 10 (being the highest) in our level of optimistic thinking.

Write down your score for reference. 

Are you open to increasing that score? 

Affirm out loud.

I affirm that I am committed whole-heartedly to increasing my ability to think optimistically 

Read on to find out why you should.

Now before I go on you might be interested in my Be Inspired page where you will find my Sunday Affirmations each week. Click on the button below and give us a thumbs up to join other Be-Inspired Enthusiasts.

Mood Enhancement

Instead, it’s the idea that an expansive growth mindset attitude says:

Hey, things will get better. 

Just having positive thoughts helps us feel better about ourselves and our lives. If you send out positive vibes, positive vibes will come back to you. It’s as simple as that.

Even smiling at a stranger can lift your mood. Think about it: something as simple as a smile has the power to bring you happiness. Imagine what a string of optimistic thoughts can do!

Action Step

Reframe It

'Twixt the optimist and pessimist The difference is droll: The optimist sees the doughnut But the pessimist sees the hole.

 Our free Bonus Material this week is about reframing negative thoughts into optimistic ones. The report gives you lots of examples so you begin to understand how to reframe, then there is space to enter your negative thought and how you reframed it.   

Increase Your Cognitive Thinking

For optimistic thinking this is a graphic about practicing gratitudeStudies show that happy thoughts help with the growth of new synapses in the brain. In addition, when you’re optimistic on a daily basis, you engage your prefrontal cortex. This is the part responsible for decision-making, inhibiting impulses, and boosting attention levels.

So, when you’re happy, you engage the part of the brain that does all the thinking, focusing, and recalling information. Thus, your thinking becomes clearer and more lucid.

Not only that but your productivity increases, and you become more creative. Just by having an optimistic mindset, you can get more work done. How amazing is that!

Action Step

Practice Gratitude

Brainstorm at least one thing or aspect of your life that makes you feel gratitude each day.

Focus your attention on the good things that happen to you, no matter how big or small they may be.

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”

Boost Your Problem Solving Skills

Very colorful photo of an optimistic person with happy face ballomsResearchers tell us that optimistic people find opportunities where others see difficulties. They’re willing to accept the setback, and they have faith that they can find a better way to reach their goals.

So, how do they do that exactly?

Well, It goes back to the question of mindset.

Optimistic people have a growth mindset as illustrated below

They’re constantly developing their existing skills. But they don’t just stop there. They also find new ones they’re good at and get busy developing those.

Pessimistic people on the other hand have a fixed mindset. 

They believe that talent is god-given, something you are born with and that no amount of effort will change that. 

Whether you’re an engineer, a programmer, or a janitor, you have the power to motivate your brain to do more. Then, little by little, you’ll become better and faster at finding the best way to solve problems both in your professional and personal lives.

Action Step

Change Your Mindset

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill

Consume media that brings you joy – read inspirational books, watch funny movies, and curate positive channels on Youtube.

Trade out assuming the worst by practicing assuming the best.  Use the Optimism workbook.

Reduces Your Stress Levels

A woman screaming to illustrate stressful situationsOur lives are filled with stressful situations daily. We have obligations at work and home that we’re always trying to fulfill. And sometimes, it can all get a bit too overwhelming.

Nothing made that more clear to me than my recent experience of having my flight canceled due to bad weather.

That’s stressful. And in stressful situations, we tend to think the worst. 

Yet, with a bit of optimistic thinking, you can reduce those stress levels and enjoy a bit of inner peace in your life.

Being resilient means you have the tools you need to cope, which means less stress on your physical and mental health

My solution was to tackle things one step at a time. 

  1. Get mt flight rebooked
  2. Let my sister know not to  pick me up at the airport in Toronto
  3. To ask her to help find me a hotel in Newark while I rescheduled my flight.
  4. Get to the hotel

A pessimist might think that there was no hope in hell of resolving the situation and experience the added stress of feeling there was nothing you can do about it. 

As soon as we feel that we have options, we’re no longer as anxious.  

Action Step

Focus on Next steps

Optimism refuses to believe that the road ends without options.

 Focus on the things you can control. 

For instance in my situation focusing on how long it would take to rebook and when my next flight would be were beyond my control.

Keep your mind focused on the present moment.

Generates Inner Peace

woman on a hammock invoking inner peace To promote inner peace, you have to take actionable steps towards leading a calmer, happier life. You have to work actively and encourage yourself to change your negative thought patterns and behaviors.

Daily positive affirmations go a long way in creating a feeling of inner peace that makes a stronger, more resilient individual. The best thing is that positive thinking is like a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it becomes.

Then, anytime you go through a difficult time in your life, your optimism will kick in. you’ll be able to have the faith you need to get through it, knowing that it’ll pass and the good times will soon follow.

Action Step

Practice Positive Affirmations

I am seeing the good in everything in my life.

Today I accept challenges easily and simply 

I am grateful for all the gifts I receive every day.

Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so

Next Steps

 Understand how these five benefits of optimistic thinking can help motivate you.

To review the benefits are:

  • Mood enhancement
  • Increased cognitive thinking
  • Greater problem-solving skills
  • Reduced stress levels
  • Greater Inner Peace

Which one motivates you the most?

Remember your Optimistic Thinking Quotient?

Practice some of the ideas in this article then come back and see if your score increased. 

Let us know in the comment section below. 

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My name is Nick Grimshawe. I help people seeking to live extraordinary lives to use the tools of affirmations, gratitude, mindfulness, and Meditation to live the life they envision.

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