OPTIMISM

Hello Family!! It’s the 1st Friday in July 2019 already. It’s amazing how time flies when you are having fun & doing what you were designed to do.

I can tell you I am having a ball!!! How are you all doing? Q3 has started in earnest & I hope you are ticking off those goals & targets for 2019. If Yes, high fives all around, if No, then there is a need to call for a time-out & re-access your journey so far, dont be discouraged, just re-adjust & re-fire!!!

So all through the week, my thoughts were aligned to continue the “Making of a Great Team series” with another post, but last minutes I was inspired to go back to the “Cultivating a Growth Mindset series“. The last post was on Failure Nuggets ( learning to gain lessons from failure & bouncing back no matter what), I got feedback on how this has been a blessing & I really appreciate that.

For those who will like to catch up on the “Cultivating a Growth Mindset series below are the links to all the previous posts:

FAILURE NUGGETS – II
FAILURE NUGGETS – I
THE TALENT TRAP – II
THE TALENT TRAP
CULTIVATING A GROWTH MINDSET – IV
CULTIVATING A GROWTH MINDSET – III
CULTIVATING A GROWTH MINDSET – II
CULTIVATING A GROWTH MINDSET – I

WHAT IS OPTIMISM?

According to Cambridge English dictionary, optimism is the quality of being full of hope and emphasizing the good parts of a situation, or a belief that something good will happen.

To cultivate a growth mindset, you must be full of hope, focused on the good parts of any situation & have that belief that something good will happen no matter what, that mindset will enable you to thrive, reach goals, and continually achieve more in areas that are important to you.

It becomes very important & essential to take an optimistic approach in any situation and learn how to create opportunities.

The excerpts below from Quora also defines optimism:

Optimism comes from the Latin word optimus, meaning “best”, which describes how an optimistic person is always looking for the best in any situation and expecting good things to happen. Optimism is the tendency to believe, expect or hope that things will turn out well. Even if something bad happens, like the loss of a job, an optimist sees the silver lining.

The emerging field of positive psychology studies the positive impact that optimism has on mental health. Other research shows that optimism may be good for my physical health too-optimists are sick less and live longer than pessimists. Apparently, a positive outlook on life strengthens the immune system (and the body’s defenses against illness), cardiovascular system (optimists have fewer heart attacks), and the body’s ability to handle stress.

Dr Gemma Leigh Roberts ( The facilitator of Cultivating the Growth Mindset Course on LinkedIn Learning) states that:

Sometimes opportunities come your way, maybe because of previous effort you’ve put in, maybe it’s just luck. But the best way to increase your chances of coming across interesting opportunities is to take control and create them for yourself.

THE FUTURE BELONGS TO THOSE WHO CAN CREATE IT

Imagine you want to develop within your career. You want to take the next step, but you’re not quite sure where to start. Is the most productive approach to rely on the tactic of hoping someone spots your potential and helps you to take that next step? Or would you rather feel in control of your destiny? Figure out what you need to do in order to reach the next step and plan how you’ll make that happen.

Psychological research tells us that high levels of self-belief enhance your confidence, which, in turn, increases your chances of reaching goals. To put it simply, Henry Ford was correct when he said, “If you think you can “or you think you can’t, you’re right.”

NOT BLIND FAITH

This post is not about positive thinking or blind faith only, it’s about the believe in God creating you for a purpose, you finding that purpose & trusting that no matter what, He will see you through it & when all the dust settles, it’s only God & you that will stand. This has been my standpoint & perspective over the years as I got to know God better & discover my calling & purpose. Rom 8:28 is highly instructive for me.

Rom 8: 28 (NLT)And we know that God causes everything to work together[a] for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them”.

Once you are rooted in the fact that God is in control of your life & purpose, you must align with it. I love the question in the verse 31, What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 

My faith, spirituality & trust in God sees the light at the end of the tunnel no matter what. I know that God is able to do everything within his power to see me through any situation & come out on top at the other side.

I am also aware of the covenant I have with God the Father made available by the saving Grace of his Son Jesus Christ & powered by the Holy Spirit within me. The word covenant in Greek means “diatheke“, an arrangement where one party is the benefactor & the other is the recipient with each one having roles & responsibilities to play & perform.

This means God has his side to play & I have mine too, everything is not up to God. Once I get to discover my purpose & calling and then align with Him, I discharge my duties & He will take care of the rest to ensure I win all of the time, even when it looks like failure, He can turn it all around for good.

What this means is stretching yourself, believing in your ability to develop and achieve more, but also taking a planned and systematic approach to making it happen, not just believing it will all fall into place. If you believe you have the ability to learn new skills and knowledge, and you can take control of how you develop and grow, both within your personal and professional life, you’re working with a growth mindset.

Allow me drop the anchor here & pick it up later.

Are you an Optimist?

Who do you trust? God or yourself or both?

Can you grow Optimism?

This is my snippet …….. I AM SHALOMESQ