Optimism vs. Pessimism


I am an optimist with a dash of more optimism. I believe that I can do anything and belief (along with a few behavior changes) will make it happen.

My husband is an optimist too…with a dash of pessimism.

He has told me many times that preparing for the worst, is what makes him successful. I always counter that his desire to be relentlessly positive is the reason for his success.

Apparently, the science supports my husband. (many Wellness Coaching sessions are the only way I was able to give that due credit) But really, according to Heidi Grant Halvorson’s book, Succeed, there has been extensive research by psychologist Gabriele Oettingen on the increased success rate of believing you will succeed at your goals if you recognize the road will be difficult. Set a difficult goal and prepare to encounter some difficulty in attaining it. The power to be successful then lies in having a plan for those times of difficulty.

What is your goal? With the correct set of behaviors, you will accomplish it. However, don’t forget to prepare for the pitfalls and design a plan for how to stand up to them when they arrive.

Be optimistic but don’t forget the dash of…let’s call it…realism…


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