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Surround Yourself with Optimists

by Victor Perton

Optimism, like pessimism, is infectious. So make a point to maximise your time spent with optimistic people.

Negative and pessimistic people sap your energy.  There will be times when you have to spend time with them - they may be family, old friends and work-colleagues.  However, try to spend the rest of your time with positive and optimistic people.

Generally, optimists attract other optimists, and those other optimists will boost your own optimism, joy and happiness.  It can become a virtuous circle, but you first need to seek it out or set it up.

Choose your company wisely and limit the time you spend with people who do not fill your cup of optimism and self-confidence.  Lead the conversation with positive questions.  Prepare for gatherings by bringing to mind positive stories you have heard or read recently.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex says ”it’s so important to surround yourself with people who are grounded and really optimistic.”

Paul Wheelton AM KSG told me, My success in business has come about by only associating with positive people. Avoid the glass half empty people - they drain your energy and turn your imagination off.  Make a decision at the start of every day to be the glass half full person and before too long you are hard wired for success.”

Gordon Tredgold says, ”Surround yourself with positive people and see their optimism give you the strength to try new things"

It's the doctor's orders!  “You can increase your optimism level if you surround yourself with positive people,” said Cardiologist Dr Uzma IqBal.

Our Advisory Board Member, John Hagel, puts it very well.  John said to me, "There are two types of people in the world - energy drainers and energy amplifiers. Optimistic people are energy amplifiers, especially if their optimism comes from the passion of the explorer. The more optimistic people connect with each other, the more energy they can generate together - it will go exponential."

What do to Next?

There are Exercises and more Materials in our page  "Hang Out" with Optimists and in Victor's book "Optimism: The How and Why"

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