Experiencing that things sometimes turn out better than you expected?
Wanting to generate more optimistic expectations?
Patricia Risch, PCC
Active Optimism (It’s not all going to go well.)
Active Optimism is a natural predisposition to think, feel and interpret situations in a positive manner with the best possible outcome. An active optimist has embodied ‘ways of being’ as hopeful, positive and forward-looking – and at the same time they are grounded in reality. They take action – and that is the difference between being an optimist and an active optimist. Active optimists take control of their situations, gain momentum, motivation, focus on solutions and take action. They have a deep belief of success and an inner ‘knowing’ of what they want to achieve, and this generates more success. It compounds! It is the 1% factor – 1% better every day!
There is a wealth of well-documented evidence-based research on the benefits of developing optimism and mindfulness such as:
Compounding over time, fueling our efforts
Improved energy = increase in productive performance
Positive mood = positive relationships and vitality leading to greater well-being
What are some of the blocks or obstacles to active optimism?
Negative thoughts; negativity biases. Rumination and overthinking. It takes discipline and practice to think different thoughts.
How do you get to be an active optimist?
Sonja Lyubonmirsky, in The How of Happiness offers a strategy to make optimism a habit. “All that is required to become an optimist is to have a goal and to practice it. The more you rehearse optimistic thoughts, the more ‘natural’ and ‘engrained’ they will become. With time they will be part of you, and you will have made yourself into an altogether different person.”
In my last Blogpost, I wrote about goals versus systems. A simple system to help with shifting negative thought is:
Notice, Name, Negotiate
Notice – “I have a tendency to think pessimistically.”
Name – “This is a negative thought.”
Negotiate – “Do I really know this to be true?” “Will it matter in 3 or 5 months?” “What good might come from this?” “How have I recovered from setbacks in the past?”
Other practices that develop a habit of active optimism and mindfulness
- Move to best feelings thoughts
- Practice gratitude
- Exercise for a better mood
- Take a 1000-meter view
- Distract yourself with inspiring activities – being in nature, music, movement, connection – divert your attention
- Interrupt rumination and overthinking
- Create a goal AND most importantly create systems to achieve your goal
Coaching helps to develop self-awareness and self-awareness helps to shift to new mindsets to get new results. As an ICF Professional Certified Coach and holding a Positive Psychology Certification, I can help you to generate more actively optimist interpretations of setbacks – seeing them to be temporary instead of permanent. Coaching as well helps to develop optimism and mindfulness expectations for the future. We will look at unexamined assumptions and construct new mindsets. We will build upon these new mindsets to create new ways to shift perspective and actively pursue positive outcomes.
Contact Patricia at coaching for sustainable change to schedule a consultation. You can set up a consultation by calling me at 303-653-1072, emailing me at email@example.com, or fill out my transformation life coaching form.