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Updated: Aug 27
If you’re reading this as an entrepreneur, it’s likely that you are already an optimist.
Despite many people telling you, or implying, that your idea cannot come to fruition, you continue to chase your dreams. Optimism carries a value that can be self-fulfilling. As you believe things can work out, you push yourself to find the optimal path.
While I don’t support blind optimism or the belief that everything will simply work out, I do believe that many crises create opportunities.
“𝑺𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆𝒔 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒚𝒐𝒖'𝒓𝒆 𝒊𝒏 𝒂 𝒅𝒂𝒓𝒌 𝒑𝒍𝒂𝒄𝒆, 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒌 𝒚𝒐𝒖'𝒗𝒆 𝒃𝒆𝒆𝒏 𝒃𝒖𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒅, 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒚𝒐𝒖'𝒗𝒆 𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒖𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒚 𝒃𝒆𝒆𝒏 𝒑𝒍𝒂𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒅.” – Christine Caine
Once something bad happens, you may have no control of the immediate impact, but can control how you respond and how you feel.
For instance, following adversity, many times people ruminate on the worst possibilities, instead of spending our energy on how to solve problems, how to build better, or how to discover new prospects.
The Odds are Against Optimism
There are several reasons why pessimism seems to be easier to embrace than optimism.
Bias. Negativity Bias* emphasizes the downsides of what can happen. People respond more strongly to the fear of loss than to potential gain.
Ease. To conceive of the world in a new way requires more mental rigor than to imagine the world as it exists today.
Experience. To reach their pessimism, people have faced adversity and felt beaten. In a caring way, they want to help you avoid the same result.
Grounded. Detractors can readily provide examples of what did not work in the past versus the acuity to visualize a new version of the future.
Timing. Bad news travels fast. Good news can take a long time and may never come.
When was the last time an employee came to you and praised the payroll being perfect? However, you hear about a mistake immediately.
Shift Your Energy
Despite the pressure, however, embrace the opportunity that optimism provides.
“𝑰𝒏𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒂𝒅 𝒐𝒇 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒓𝒚𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒄𝒂𝒏𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒓𝒐𝒍, 𝒔𝒉𝒊𝒇𝒕 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒆𝒏𝒆𝒓𝒈𝒚 𝒕𝒐 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒄𝒂𝒏 𝒄𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒆.” – Roy T. Bennett
Optimism does not equal naivete, it equals control.
You can recognize all the challenges, face the trials, and cry those tears while still believing that you will reach a better place in the long-term.
You also may embrace a Growth Mindset** and see personal development as a long-term win versus constantly measuring immediate wins and losses.
Come to terms with your level of optimism to appreciate exactly when and how it holds value.