Pessimistic Thinking

The Power of Pursuasion Is In Understanding

CommunicateA keen understanding of each way of thinking (Inventive, Analytical, Pessimistic, Assertive, Intuitive, Altruistic, Optimistic, or Resolute) can arm you with the powers of pursuasion. As you learn to position your thoughts and ideas for each individual thinker, you will see your influence grow, not only within your relationships, but also within your teams and your community.

Alter Your Own Thinking

In some cases, you may find that your friend or loved on does not wish to hear how they could be more effective. Or, if your relationship is less intimate, like with that of your boss, it may not be appropriate to offer personal advice.

Your ability to identify the person’s thinking style remains an empowering exercise, even in these cases. With your ways of thinking insight, you can change your own thinking to enhance the relationship. Read the rest of this entry »

Adapt Your Thinking for Successful Relationships

As you unlock your performance potential, the significance of your relationships will become more and more evident. You’ll soon find that effective thinking requires a nurturing environment of family members, colleagues, and friends.

Happy TeamSimilarly, success depends on your ability to influence those around you. The power of each thought is multiplied by your ability to share it with others. For successful relationships, you must adapt your thinking to the complexities of many.

You can best utilize the 8 Ways of Thinking (Inventive, Analytical, Pessimistic, Assertive, Intuitive, Altruistic, Optimistic, or Resolute) by first knowing yourself and applying the various perspectives. Once you have identified your own thinking patterns, you can take the next step – improving how you relate to those around you. Read the rest of this entry »

4 Keys to Achieve Peak Performance

Peak PerformanceReaching your performance potential is dependent upon your ability to embrace these ways of thinking (Inventive, Analytical, Pessimistic, Assertive, Intuitive, Altruistic, Optimistic, or Resolute) throughout the course of a day. As you become a more experienced, many-sided thinker, you will find your personal – or dominant – style naturally encompasses all 8 Ways of Thinking in every situation. The following are 4 keys to achieve peak performance.

Identify Common Weaknesses

There is no perfect human being. We all know people who delude themselves into thinking they are beyond fault. Then there are those who feel like they can never be good enough; they strive for perfection, which inevitably eludes them.

But it’s those who admit their faults with a sense of humor that are primed for success. These individuals are humbled by life and empowered by humility. They don’t think they know best; they know they can only do their best. Read the rest of this entry »

Achieve Success and Optimize Your Thinking

Countless philosophers have arrived at the same conclusion: success is a state of mind. How you view the world directly impacts your effectiveness in it. What you see is, in fact, what you get.

How you think is a choice. Minds can change, perspectives can shift, eyes can open. Think FastWith a thoughtful approach, you can enhance your mode of thinking to encompass all perspectives, or sides, of a story.

Stop To Think About Your Thinking

How many times have you caught yourself wondering where the time went? All of a sudden it’s another year! In the bustle of modern living, you might feel you must keep up with the pace dictated by society. When you accomplish something, you always set your sights on the next goal, then the next. When times are tough, you might focus on how to fix problems, not on why they happened – or the lessons that can be learned as a result.

Although we don’t emphasize these activities as a society, self-reflection and introspection are some of the most empowering ways we can spend our time. Read the rest of this entry »

Different Perspectives Can Lead To Greater Progress

Business Progress“In the perspective of every person lies a lens through which we may better understand ourselves,” – Ellen J Langer, Harvard Professor of Psychology

When under stress, can you evaluate a situation from multiple perspectives? If you are like most people, you default to only a few ways of thinking – maybe even less.

The more intense the pressure, the more likely we are to resort to fewer ways of thinking, which results in a limited perspective that can be debilitating and sometimes damaging. But with a multifacted world view, utilizing the 8 Ways of Thinking (Inventive, Analytical, Pessimistic, Assertive, Intuitive, Altruistic, Optimistic, and Resolute Thinking), you can unravel the stress and uncover new opportunities for progress. Read the rest of this entry »

4 Areas to Utilize the Pessimistic Thinker On Your Team

As a leader, you are often charged with solving problems before they happen. In this context, the pessimistic thinker is uniquely suited for many tasks. But, of course, there is a downside. The pessimistic style breeds negativity, which can destroy morale for your team.

Because you want to keep the peace, you may be tempted to giveGlass Half Empty or Half Full the pessimistic thinker a domain all their own – far from everyone else.

While it may seem convenient to tuck this thinker out of sight, it is a disservice to them and to your team.

You are the sole person given the authority to help this thinker improve their behavior. Unlike a team member, you can voice when “enough is enough” as a leader. Avoiding such reprimands in front of others will earn their trust. Coupling your advice with positive feedback also lightens the blow.

Give the Pessimistic Thinker a Different Perspective

From the perspective of the pessimistic thinker, he has done nothing wrong by assuming the worst. No one is more clueless about how others feel about them than themselves. They might even be unable to identify themselves as a pessimistic thinker when given the option. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Questions to Ask When Making an Important Decision

While there are many moments in life that call for a positive attitude, an attitude considered pessimistic, or realistic, can also be healthy in various situations. You may just begin to see the upside of the downside.

A healthy outlook requires a solid hold on reality as well as the ability to make deductive decisions based on the facts at hand.Look at the Big Picture For all their negativity, pessimistic thinkers often turn out to be right. By pinpointing the potential potholes in a plan, the pessimistic thinker can help sidestep failure.

Look at the Big Picture To Avoid Making Mistakes

Letting foresight for failure guide them in the right direction, the pessimistic thinker can avoid making mistakes. The ability to “see the forest for the trees” is what makes Pessimistic Thinking one of the 8 Ways of Thinking to achieve, although it is the most controversial.

The negative connotation associated with Pessimistic Thinking is not undeserved. This way of thinking involves seeing the downside – which is not the desirable side. Furthermore, a constant state of Pessimistic Thinking can lead to health problems. For this reason, this way of thinking should be considered a tool of problem-solving but not a way of life. Read the rest of this entry »