Positivity and Optimism: are they the same thing?
Today it struck me that there actually is a significant difference between positivity and optimism; it then started me thinking, is one better than the other, can we have one and not the other? So, what’s the difference….
What is optimism?
I see optimism as the lens you put on the future. Is your glass half full or half empty? Do you see opportunities or problems? Do you think beyond the bumps in the road or are you focused on the bumps in the road?
In the times we find ourselves in currently, optimism is a powerful inspiration to help us see beyond our current bumps in the road, especially when those bumps can feel like mountains that have not come with a route map.
Optimism helps you believe that you can work through the road ahead and get over the other side. Optimism comes from realising that this could be a great chance to re-evaluate what is important as well as an opportunity to carve out the future in a different and exciting way, even if it is a little scary.
What is positivity?
Positivity on the other hand is the action; the way you approach today. Do you get up each day and attack the day with vim and vigour (as my gran would say!). When things go wrong do you look for what you can learn, or do you take it as a sign that you shouldn’t bother trying that again?
Positivity is what’s required to ensure the optimism you have in the future comes to be your reality; it’s what is needed to keep taking small steps every day that will build the habits and support the world you want to create for yourself and others.
Why do we need optimism and positivity?
Optimism and positivity are important because they can help us cope with difficult situations and make the best of challenging circumstances. When we approach life with a positive attitude, we’re more likely to see the good in people and situations, and this can lead to greater happiness and satisfaction.
At a time like now, when sometimes we can be focused on the things that are worrying or concerning us, the people we surround ourselves with can have a huge impact on how we feel. Having a good balance of both optimism and positivity is essential.
How many people do you have within your network and you would choose to say are your optimistic group? Could you name your top three people easily?
Would other people pick you? What would you need to do a little bit more of less of a different need to be more optimistic? What would it look like/feel like if we surrounded ourselves with optimism?
So how do you get that balance of optimism and positivity?
The magic mixture – a generous dollop of optimism, a proactive dash of positivity and not only do you feel amazing, but it rubs off on the people around you too.
5 ingredients to build your magic mixture:
1. Try on the optimistic lens
2. Turn off the news
3. Notice the impact you are having on others, and them on you
4. Focus on what you have, not what you’re missing
5. Check the voice in your head – how’s the positivity balance in there?
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