An Unapologetic Optimist

The term "unapologetic optimist" might not have been listed among my superpowers of optimism before, but it rightfully deserves its place there now. 

Unapologetic optimism embodies a state of being that refuses to bow to the cynicism that often pervades our world. 

It is a bold declaration that, despite life's trials and tribulations, one can choose to view the glass as half full, to find the silver lining in every cloud, and to hold on to hope with steadfast resilience.

This powerful concept came to light through a tweet by Kimberly S. Reed, which struck a chord deep within. Facing cancer, an adversary that tests the limits of human endurance, Kimberly emerged not as a victim but as a victor, proclaiming, "I am healthy! I am an unapologetic optimist and profoundly grateful to God. I AM UNBREAKABLE."

Her words resonate as a testament to the indomitable spirit of optimism. Kimberly S. Reed, author of "Optimists Always Win! Moving from Defeat to Life's C-Suite," not only wrote about this philosophy but lived it in the face of daunting adversity.

I had the privilege of capturing Kimberly's  insights in my book "Optimism: The How and Why." She shared: "Gratitude is the rocket fuel to our resilience. You don't expect to become an optimist overnight. It takes practice and intention. Eventually, your self-talk will contain less self-criticism, less negativity and more self-acceptance. You may also become less critical of the world around you. When our state of mind is generally optimistic, you are better able to handle life in a more constructive way."

An influential thought leader and optimist, Simon Sinek has also described himself as an unapologetic optimist. He says, "As an unapologetic optimist, I believe the only way to defeat pessimism is with optimism." His sentiment echoes the idea that optimism isn't just a passive state but an active force that has the power to confront and overcome the pervasive nature of pessimism.

Becoming an optimist is a journey marked by practice and intentionality. As Kimberly reminds us, it's normal for self-talk to contain traces of self-criticism and negativity. Yet, this inner dialogue can shift towards self-acceptance and optimism through conscious effort. As we cultivate this mindset, we enhance our ability to confront life's challenges constructively.

Unapologetic optimism is not naivety; it's a choice of perspective. It's about acknowledging the presence of darkness while choosing to live in the light. It's a stance that refuses to apologize for looking for hope and for believing in the possibility of positive outcomes.

To be an unapologetic optimist is to believe that life is a gift in all its complexity. It's to wake up every day, decide to look beyond the immediate trials, and trust in the unfolding of a more remarkable story. It's to live with gratitude, knowing that this mindset propels us forward, fuels our resilience, and breaks the chains of despair.

In a world that often questions the validity of an optimistic outlook, declaring oneself an unapologetic optimist is both a rebellion and a celebration—a rebellion against the tide of pessimism and a celebration of the human spirit's capacity for hope and joy. It is, undoubtedly, a superpower worth wielding.

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