A Point of View: Optimism leads to success in life
Much of one’s personal development, achievement and success, over a lifetime, depends upon optimism. A lot of what happens to us is based upon it. That is the true American story.
The Pilgrims came to these shores in search of a better life. They believed in a better, brighter future. They braved the long, treacherous ocean voyage to come to a new land with hope, optimism and zeal.
Their voyage and first weeks and months in their new homeland were far from easy. But their spirit never faltered and their zeal never weakened.
This same degree of motivation came from our nation’s early founders. They had the choice of remaining under British rule or seeking a new breath of freedom, with liberty and justice for all.
They wrote and signed the Declaration of Independence, knowing that it could result in death. They were men and women of uncompromising integrity. They believed that their actions could lead to a new way of life.
Throughout America’s history, an inspirational citizenry led the way and the American people rose to the challenge. An optimistic attitude, a positive work ethic and indomitable faith, served as the fuel for success and fulfillment.
The power of optimism tends to fortify the individual with the capacity to be bent without breaking and the capacity, once bent, of springing back.
President Ronald Reagan said, “Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.”
Many of us have heard of Murphy’s Law, which said, “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” But being optimistic is about being positive, motivated and persistent.
Researchers have found that, rather than giving up and walking away from difficult situations, optimists attack problems head-on. They plan a course of action, getting advice from others and staying focused on solutions.
Optimists react by building “existential resources.” For example, they look for something good to come out of the situation or using the event to grow as a person in a positive way.
The Little Engine that could said, “I think I can, I think I can, I know I can,” as it chugged along with self-assurance.
I am reminded of the advice given to me by one of my teachers many years ago: “When things begin to look grim and the mind is concocting every possible negative outcome, look for the rainbow of optimism.”
That advice has served me well, over all these years and through hundreds of circumstances.
With a positive attitude for achievement, one is more likely to act in a manner and set into motion those actions which will bring about the desired outcome.
This kind of inspiration, motivation and challenge knows no bounds. Therein is the power of optimism and exceptionalism at its best.
The people in our area are indeed a prime example of this principle.