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Optimism is a Strength not a Weakness

by Victor Perton

One of the questions I get during the Q&A after keynote speeches or during optimism workshops is from people feeling they are ridiculed or diminished in their optimism and what should they do about it. 

The loudest voices at their board table, executive meeting or team meeting are those complaining, being pessimistic and bemoaning the lack of leadership around them.

Some of these people conform to a pessimistic conversation model, suppressing their optimism for fear of becoming labelled Pollyanna or unrealistic. 

True optimists and realistic optimists do not ignore challenges, the bad stuff or pretend that negative feelings and experiences do not exist.

The true optimist acknowledges those challenges and then says, “I can work through those!”


Read More in "Optimism: The How and Why"



What's your Optimism Superpower?

The 'optimisms' which follow, I have collected from books, articles and social media posts.  Why don't you pick one, write a pragraph about it and email it to me to post or post it your self on one of our Blogs or Fora.

  • abundant optimism?
  • active optimism?
  • audacious optimism?
  • authentic optimism?
  • bold optimism?
  • buoyant optimism?
  • brash optimism?
  • bubbly optimism?
  • bulletproof optimism?
  • can-do optimism?
  • cautious optimism?
  • Christian optimism?
  • clear-eyed optimism?
  • conscious optimism?
  • conditional optimism?
  • constructive optimism?
  • contagious optimism?
  • covert optimism?
  • creative optimism?
  • critical optimism?
  • cultural optimism?
  • data-driven optimism"
  • defiant optimism?
  • deep optimism?
  • deliberate optimism?
  • desperate optimism?
  • dispositional optimism?
  • disruptive optimism?
  • dogged optimism?
  • dynamic optimism?
  • ebullient optimism?
  • evidence based optimism?
  • enduring optimism?
  • engaged optimism?
  • enormous optimism?
  • enthusiastic optimism?
  • eternal optimism?
  • fantastic optimism?
  • fervid optimism?
  • fierce optimism?
  • flexible optimism?
  • a glimmer of optimism?
  • grounded optimism?
  • healthy optimism?
  • heart-based optimism?
  • heart-stirring optimism?
  • hopeful optimism?
  • hyper-optimism?
  • idealistic optimism?
  • incurable optimism?
  • infectious optimism?
  • infinite optimism?
  • innovators’ optimism?
  • intelligent optimism?
  • irrepressible optimism?
  • latent optimism?
  • liberal optimism?
  • lived optimism?
  • long-now optimism?
  • magnetic optimism?
  • mature optimism?
  • measured optimism?
  • metaphysical optimism?
  • motivational optimism?
  • natural optimism?
  • nervous optimism?
  • never-ending optimism?
  • pathological optimism?
  • perennial optimism?
  • pure optimism?
  • practical optimism?
  • pragmatic optimism?
  • purposeful optimism?
  • radical optimism?
  • raging optimism?
  • realistic optimism?
  • realists’ optimism?
  • rational optimism?
  • relentless optimism?
  • renewed optimism?
  • restless optimism?
  • ridiculous optimism?
  • rigorous optimism?
  • romantic optimism?
  • revolutionary optimism?
  • resilient optimism?
  • resolute optimism?
  • rowdy optimism?
  • scrupulous optimism?
  • sparkling optimism?
  • stirring optimism?
  • stubborn optimism?
  • sunny optimism?
  • tactical optimism?
  • techno-optimism?
  • tempered optimism?
  • tenacious optimism?
  • therapeutic optimism?
  • tough-minded optimism‪?
  • tremendous optimism?
  • unabashed optimism?
  • unbending optimism?
  • unbreakable optimism?
  • unbridled optimism?
  • unfailing optimism?
  • unflagging optimism
  • unreasonable optimism?
  • unrelenting optimism?
  • unrivalled optimism?
  • unshakeable optimism?
  • unsinkable optimism?
  • unswerving optimism?
  • unwavering optimism?
  • veiled optimism?
  • vicarious optimism?
  • weaponized optimism?
  • wild optimism?
  • wilful optimism?
  • youthful optimism?

An Exercise: Pick one of the optimisms above as your superpower.   Write a pragraph about it, share it with some friends and colleagues, email it to me to post or post it your self on one of our Blogs or Fora.

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