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.

There are many benefits to Optimistic Thinking. However, the weaknesses need to be acknowledged in order to be avoided. You can have a healthy amount of optimism or it can go to an extreme and become “reality avoidance.” Remember the need to face reality.

As a leader, one of your most difficult challenges is maintaining a positive morale among your team members. The collective mentality can be swayed by a single individual – in either direction. For this reason, you will want to put your optimistic thinker in a highly visible position. Whether they are in charge of sales or programming, they will add the mood of excitement you team needs.

Reward and Reflect

Even optimistic thinkers need to feel appreciated for their strengths. By rewarding a team member for being a positive influence on the team, you are encouraging others to model their example.

Are you an optimistic force on your own team? Showing your frustration is the biggest mistake a leader can make – if you are not happy, how can you expect your team to be? Take an honest look at your mindset and rethink how you’re communicating with your team.

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© Jennifer Whitt, Inc 2012. All rights reserved worldwide.

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