“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” -Winston Churchill
Optimism is defined by Merriam Webster dictionary as “an inclination to put the most favorable construction upon actions and events or to anticipate the best possible outcome.” Optimism is a thought, attitude, action, or decision geared towards solving situations that appear to be complicated and impossible. Optimism enables a person to believe that any obstacle is surmountable. Optimism ignites resilience, providing energy to power the other resilience factors that can help anyone become stronger. It facilitates an active and creative approach to coping with challenging situations. Being optimistic is a conscious choice. The optimist chooses to believe that the outcome or result of their endeavor will be successful. When faced with challenges, optimists are confident of a final positive outcome. Optimists learn from their mistakes rather than dwell on their failures. Optimists use failures as an opportunity to grow and make the outcome better next time. Optimists see bad days as just a part of their journey. They believe they can change the world with their smile, positive outlook, and good intentions. Choose optimism and set your journey to success.