Make no mistake about it. I love positivity. In my personal life, I refuse to admit negativity. I teach optimism. I preach optimism. I try to live optimistically.
Yet, I do appreciate the fact that optimism alone will not get us from point A to point B. We must do more.
I am reminded of that movie, Independence Day. There was a scene where a young girl, quite naïve, climbed to the top of a skyscraper, smiled broadly, and raised her hands in the air as she welcomed the space creatures to Earth – just before she got zapped by a deadly ray from the Mother Ship. We must do more than wish.
The following are the most popular definitions of optimism found on the Internet:
1. disposed to take a favorable view of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome.
2. a doctrine that this world is the best possible world.
3. an inclination to put the most favorable construction upon actions and events or to anticipate the best possible outcome.
4. hopefulness and confidence about the future or successful outcome of something; a tendency to take a favorable or hopeful view
5. usually expecting a favorable outcome
While these definitions are nice, they don’t seem to hold the key to success and happiness for most people from a practical perspective. It sure is healthier to be positive, rather than negative, but is that the key to success and happiness?
I have my personal philosophy, which has always worked for me (See My Other Blog). What is yours?