Optimistic Thinking

How to Make a Heavy Load Lighter By Utilizing the Optimist

The optimistic thinker is vital to a productive team. Seeing the bright side amidst difficulty, they can make a heavy load seem lighter. Their impact on morale and energy is irreplaceable. But how do you keep this enthusiastic thinker on track? You may find that your optimistic worker Heavy Loadbecomes too wrapped up in mediating the politics of a situation. They may over-concern themselves with keeping others happy rather than accomplishing an assigned objective.

You might also find that they avoid telling you when they encounter a problem. For instance, they will bite their tongue when they feel the team is making a mistake in order to avoid being negative.

These potential weaknesses can be avoided through strong leadership.

How To Lead The Optimist

You can lay the foundation for the optimistic thinker to trust you. Place them in a position that requires damage control, so they can become comfortable reporting problems to you. Encourage them to share their opinions, especially those involving risk. Nurture their positive outlook by asking them to invigorate others, but also insist that they exercise their realistic thinking, so they become a well-rounded team member. Read the rest of this entry »

Optimize Your Thinking…In the News!

Business Leaders can optimize the performance of their teams and results of their efforts when they read the newly revised edition of the classic book,Optimize Your Thinking®, which is being published today. Below are just a handful of the hundreds of media outlets that picked up the story. Click on any of the images below for all the details  and be sure to download your two FREE chapters today!

 

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Optimistic Thinking: Lighten Your Load

Susie Sunshine“I’m an optimist, but an optimist who carries a raincoat.” – Harold Wilson, Former British Prime Minister

You have heard it before – Optimistic Thinking leads to improved health and success. But what you may not know is that Optimistic Thinking requires more than a blind faith in the future. This healthy outlook balances realistic thinking with genuine hope. Most of all, the optimistic thinker possesses a willingness to focus on the positive in a negative-obsessed world. It’s a complex way of thinking that rests on solid inner assurance.

When you work to overcome the popular tendency to undervalue the good and emphasize the bad, you’ll see your effectiveness skyrocket in all aspects of living.

 

As a Thinker…

Are you able to use Optimistic Thinking to effect positive change in your life?

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What Makes a Good Leader?

GoldfishGreat thinkers aren’t necessarily good leaders. Sheer intelligence can get you far, but it’s your acute perceptions of people that make you an effective leader. With an eye on the group’s success, a leader positions each thinker in a role that suits his or her abilities – bringing out the best in those they lead.

The effective leader is a savvy reader of human nature. But we are not all born with this ability. Using the 8 Ways of Thinking, you can gain unique insight into your team’s motivations and behaviors. When you know how your team members perceive and process the world, you can create an environment that fosters productivity and contentment. Read the rest of this entry »

Use Different Perspectives To Your Advantage

As you work to become an “optimized” thinker, you will want to consider that every situation has numerous perspectives – and your perspective depends on the thinking style you use. As a team member, this will help you to recognize that not everyone has to see a situation as you do. The resulting understanding can forge stronger bonds, giving you greater influence and an intrinsic sense of harmony.

brainHow to “Optimize” Your Relationships

The ability to work well with others is essential to high performance. A person might have all the indicators of success – an Ivy League degree, an impressive resume, even a genius IQ – but without people skills, these credentials lose relevance in the workplace.

The 8 Ways of Thinking (Inventive, Analytical, Pessimistic, Assertive, Intuitive, Altruistic, Optimistic, and Resolute) provide a rare insight into the complex thinking processes of those around you. if you feel like someone’s from another planet, he or she might just have a different thinking style than you do. In fact, this person’s abilities could be the perfect complement to your own – not in spite of, but because of your differences. Read the rest of this entry »

Optimize Your Thinking and Abilities

Strong TeamSocrates said about life: the unexamined mind is “an unnecessary waste.” Simple self-awareness can help you overcome habitual thought patterns that have stunted – or locked – your performance potential. Recognizing the 8 Ways of Thinking (Inventive, Analytical, Pessimistic, Assertive, Intuitive, Altruistic, Optimistic, and Resolute) in others will further your understanding of the people around you, leading to greater patience and greater influence.

Ultimately, your artful application of this knowledge will make you a uniquely effective leader. Not only can you position your performers where they will thrive, but you can also share the principles of “optimized” thinking to help them become well-rounded, multi-dimensional thinkers.

Optimize Your Thinking

Are you an “optimized” thinker? If so, you can effectively use all 8 Ways of Thinking – even those ways that don’t come naturally to you. Most essentially, you know how to determine the best way of thinking to use for any given situation. Read the rest of this entry »

Face Reality With Optimism

“Cultivate optimism by committing yourself to a cause, a plan, or a value system. You’ll feel that you are growing in a meaningful direction which will help you rise above day-to-day setbacks.” – Robert Conroy, Author

Positive AttitudeThe “can do” attitude of the optimistic thinker makes them easy to identify. Similarly, the doomsday mentality of the pessimistic thinker is simple to spot. However, human thought processes are not so black and white. While you might work with someone who is usually optimistic, they too can succumb to a pattern of negativity. Or, you may notice that your team member has moved from optimistic to unrealistic thinking, which is a dangerous progression, especially in a work environment. Read the rest of this entry »

Have an Attitude of Gratitude

Glass Half Empty or Half FullAn overwhelming desire for wealth and status now dominates the pursuit of happiness, but it’s a road laden with false expectations. At this very moment, you have the power to improve your mindset, whether you are struggling to make a living or enjoying the lifestyle of a celebrity. Your thoughts shape your everyday experience and determine how you respond to opportunity, and, most importantly, how you feel about yourself.

While no person is in a constant state of glee, Optimistic Thinking encourages a lightness of being that’s less stressful and more joyous. A perspective rooted in hope only elevates your mood, it expends your possibilities. In the truest sense, you are what you think. If you believe you are successful, you will be.

How to Be an Optimistic Thinker

Are you an optimistic thinker? If so, you enjoy life more than most – no matter your circumstances. This way of thinking, when mastered, can lead to a state of happiness that’s coveted by many. But it takes a strong will and dedication to the bright side to attain this buoyant mindset. Read the rest of this entry »

Utilize Your Team’s Strengths

Strong TeamRemember, every strength, when carried to an extreme, can become a weakness. The Analytical Thinker can over-analyze. The Pessimistic Thinker can introduce a state of dread. The Assertive Thinker can break too many rules. The Intuitive Thinker can be emotionally biased. The Inventive Thinker can blow the budget with reinvention. The Altruistic Thinker can over-concern themselves with others’ issues. The Optimistic Thinker can overlook obvious risks. The Resolute Thinker can step on the toes of others.

By assigning suitable roles and advising your team to keep their strengths in check, you can build a team that’s primed for success. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Lead Your Group to the Ultimate Potential

Groups are as individual as people. Two groups of thinkers can tackle the same problem and devise drastically different solutions. It’s the chemistry, or thinking combination, that determines how a group behaves collectively.

Leading to SuccessWhen in charge of a group, you might have the opportunity to decide who will comprise your team. If this is the case, you will no doubt try to choose individuals who demonstrate signs of empowered thinking – they know how to maximize their strengths and minimize weaknesses.

Don’t forget that there’s room for “Dr. Disaster” on any team. While he may bring a cloud of negativity, through strategic leadership, you can help him harness his foresight for failure to benefit the team. Read the rest of this entry »