OPTIMISM – II

#TGIF Family!! It’s another wonderful day to be alive, it’s the penultimate Friday in the month of July 2019. I can’t believe how fast the year is running out. As usual, I will still ask about your goals & targets for 2019, are we on track or off-track?

No matter the answer, just keep keeping on & do reach out to me if you require my support in attaining that goal. Slowly we are building that FB community as a means of support & it would be great to have you as a member.

For the second time in a roll I am working out of station & it’s becoming like a regular affair now, but to say I’m enjoying myself is an understatement.

Based on the various events, I’ve experienced during the week, I’ve been inspired to continue the “Cultivating A Growth Mindset Series” with this post (The 10th in the series). There is really no time to summarize the discuss, but you can click on the links below for a post by post access at your convenience.

OPTIMISM
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

In the last post, we defined OPTIMISM

As the quality of being full of hope and emphasizing the good parts of a situation, or a belief that something good will happen. I also highlighted that this is not just blind faith, but the trust in a God that makes everything work together for my good. No matter how things twist & turn, how many obstacles or challenges I face along the way, I ALWAYS choose to see the good parts & know that it will all work out well.

This week, the story of Joseph (the dreamer) in the Bible has been on replay in my mind constantly. He was hated by his half-brother because of his dreams, his uniqueness (11th son of Jacob) & the coats of many colors his father made for him.

Totally ignorant of the schemes of his evil half-brothers, Joseph was a jolly good fella & one day his half-brothers decided to kill him, but Reuben (thank God for Reuben, I also have a Reuben in my life) found a way to save him & they ended up selling him to a camel caravan carrying spices and perfumes to Egypt as a punishment & they said “We will see what will become of his dreams

One thing was very clear in the story of Joseph from the time of the plot to kill him till he became a god to Pharaoh as the 2nd in command, God was always with him & he prospered. That is the key to my optimism, even in the darkest of the darkest day – as long as I have God with me – I will be fine & everything will work out for my good. In the end, after the dust settles, it will only be GOD & I that will stand.

I will continue to be diligent in my work & do it to the best of my abilities, but I leave a space for God to also do his thing. That is the covenant I live by & stand for.

WHO OWNS THE FUTURE?

This might look like a trick question as I know the answers could be in multiple folds & dimensions. But the simple answer is:

THE FUTURE BELONGS TO THOSE WHO CAN CREATE IT

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.” when we talk about optimism, we’re not talking about blind hope.

If you want to achieve success, reach goals, develop your skills and mindset, the most effective way to do this is to utilize an optimistic and realistic approach.

You can do this by following a simple exercise.

Firstly, take some time to consider what it is you want to achieve. This is your vision.

Secondly, create your mission statement. Why is it important you achieve this? What does it mean to you? The more emotional you can be here, the better. You want to really connect with your mission as this will help you to keep moving forward, even when the terrain is rough.

Thirdly, set yourself clear goals that will help you to reach your vision. You want to make sure your goals stretch you, help you to develop, and are achievable with focus and effort.

Fourth, for each goal, detail what you’ll do to make these a reality. What do you need to learn? What skills do you need to develop? Who do you need to speak to to help you?

Finally, how are you going to measure success? Detail how you’ll know when you’ve achieved your goals. Your vision is your guide. Your mission is your optimism. Your goals, tactics, and measurements are how you will create opportunities for yourself.

NUGGETS

Once you achieve your set goals, dont plateau there. Enjoy the victory for a while & press forward & onward, THERE IS MORE. The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement & I personally follow the management & business principle of KAIZEN

Kaizen is an approach to creating continuous improvement based on the idea that small, ongoing positive changes can reap major improvements.

Until my next post, do have a fantastic day & weekend.

This is my snippet …….. I AM SHALOMESQ

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