The incredible power of optimism

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 25 Jul 2017 12:45:20


By dr archana dadhe

As a student you may be worried about the future. There is a lot of unsettling news available now about the value of a degree, challenges in the job market, and of course, economic conditions. If you pay attention to this news you can develop a sense of learned helplessness about events beyond your control. And yet, one thing you do have direct control over is your outlook. Now more than ever, you need optimism or belief in your capabilities, regardless of the circumstances around you. What you believe about yourself ultimately determines how successful you are.
Student who have a sense of optimism tend to see things in a positive light, learn from negative situations, exert more continuous effort and persevere, assuming that the situation can be handled successfully in one way or another.

Being optimistic implies being a positive, constructive, and creative thinker. This implies that when a person is optimistic, success cannot be far from him/her. She/he sees opportunities in every aspect of life, whether positive or negative situations.

A positive attitude helps you cope more easily with the daily affairs of life. It brings optimism into your life, and makes it easier to avoid worries and negative thinking. If you adopt it as a way of life, it would bring constructive changes into your life, and makes them happier, brighter and more successful.

Whenever a negative thought concerning your personal powers come into mind, deliberately voice a positive thought to cancel it out.
Obstacles: Do not build up obstacles in your imagination. Minimise every so-called obstacle. Difficulties must be studied and efficiently dealt with to be eliminated, but they must be seen only for what they are. They must not be inflated by fear thoughts.

It can happen, in any student’s life that things take a turn for the worse: falling behind with coursework, failing an assignment, or simply losing a textbook or similar mishaps do happen.

Confidence: Positive people will be more confident. They look forward to meeting others and accepting daily challenges. And it then becomes quite difficult to carry on being the “always positive” student we are supposed to be in front of friends and classmates.

Atmosphere: A positive atmosphere along with a good and hearty laugh does wonders and leaves one feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Therefore, it is needless to say that staying positive and optimistic in our attitude and thoughts is extremely important in order to lead a stress-free life. Do not let your spirits go down if the going gets tough. Train your mind to think positively even in hard times. Positive people will be more confident. They look forward to meeting others and accepting daily challenges. They will also have a greater belief in their own abilities. Challenges and opportunities will be regarded as possible rather than impossible.

Imagine two students who receive the same poor grade on an exam. The first student thinks, I am such a failure! I always do poorly in this subject. I can’t do anything right! The second student thinks, this test was difficult! Oh well, it’s just one test in one class. I tend to do well in other subjects. These students are exhibiting two types of explanatory styles.
Success: Positive people are more likely to be successful than the negative ones. When you will implement positive thinking into your life, you will notice that success becomes easier and it’s not as tough and difficult, as many people think.

Boost your self-esteem: Once you get in the habit of thinking positively about external situations, you will soon get in the habit of being positive about yourself.
Replace your thoughts: Whenever you catch yourself thinking negative thoughts, make a conscious effort to replace it with a positive one. In fact, you can make it a habit that every time you think something negative about a person, situation, or challenge, you have to think two or three positive ones. Within no time, it will become a habit!
A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results. We’re always told by other people to think positive. The key to success is life is to believe, because once you do, you can achieve your goals. Anything is possible when you rely on the power of positive thinking.

Build up positive living skills, maintain an optimistic mind, and deal constructively with stress, problems, and failures. We all need some positivity in our lives to keep us going through tough times. Otherwise, how else could we see the light at the end of the tunnel? Think positive and expect only favorable results and situations, even if your current circumstances are not as you wish them to be. In time, your mental attitude will affect your external life and circumstances, and change them accordingly. It is not only how you think that will propel you toward success, it is also how you speak. When you keep a positive attitude in your head and with the words that come out of your mouth, it helps to attract the success you are looking to achieve. You will also find that when you surround yourself with positive thinkers and talkers, it helps you to remain positive too.

Do not give up: Maintaining motivation and perseverance may be why optimistic people are more likely to succeed in reaching their goals. They are able to maintain their focus and recover better from setbacks, rather than succumbing to a defeatist attitude.
Another trait is a stronger ability to seek out creative solutions to problems. By reminding yourself, in advance, that setbacks are not going to define your success, you can become better positioned to deal with them should they arise?

While it would be nice if all students shared the same understanding of positive behaviors, they don't. Students come from diverse family, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. All these influences, and others, shape students' perspective of what's appropriate, and what is not. It's important that students are taught positive behaviors in a consistent and systematic way at school, colleges and in the classroom. n