Glass Half Full

This Wednesday I am linking up with the Wednesday Word link up, hosted by Debbie. Each week Debbie provides us with a word prompt to write about. It’s a fun link up to join in on, because it really gets me thinking! I also end up writing about stuff that I probably wouldn’t otherwise write about, which is neat. Click on the button below to see who else is linking up and to join in!

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This week’s word: optimism.

I am a naturally optimistic person. I tend to see the good in people and I’m quick to find a positive in almost any situation. It’s just the way I’m wired. A lot of times, I think that being able to have a positive outlook means you can accomplish more. Often, you are your own worst enemy. When you can embrace your suffering and continue to plow through, sure in the fact that things are going to get better, that’s when you find success.

Finish line

When you’re able to change your views to glass half full, you are often able to see the bigger picture. Instead of looking for happiness from outside factors, you can find it within yourself. I think this also translates into using a more positive tone inside your head. You don’t beat yourself up or use negativity when you fail to reach a goal. When an optimistic person falls short of a goal, he says “I need to work harder next time” or “I need to take a different approach” rather than “I have failed.”

The reality is there are always ups and downs in life. Being optimistic doesn’t mean you’re expecting sunshine and rainbows all of the time. Instead, you weather the downs to fully enjoy the ups.

Are you an optimist or a pessimist?

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  1. I’m an optimist–but I do get bogged down in negativity. Apparently you can have both traits….
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…Pessimism vs. OptimismMy Profile

    1. We are complex individuals, after all 🙂

  2. I don’t have time for pessimists. If I perceive something wrong in my life or environment, I strive to change it for the good. Whose good is of course another whole discussion!

    LUD.

    1. Pessimists can really drag you down.

  3. You are so right, there are ups and downs in life and how we handle them can really make the difference between being happy or being miserable. I’m not the most naturally optimistic person, but I recognize that and I try to be positive and hopeful!
    Alison recently posted…Wednesday WordMy Profile

    1. I think that’s what’s important. You can’t help but be negative sometimes, but it’s recognizing that fact and trying to do something about it that’s important.

  4. That’s an interesting point about not believing you failed. It’s really key!
    Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy recently posted…Achieve Your Goals with OptimismMy Profile

    1. There’s always a way to turn things around in your mind when you’re dealing with a certain situation.

  5. I consider myself fairly optimistic, even though I tend to worry too much. I agree it’s all about how we weather the downs. Good point. If you are optimistic, you know there is always an UP. Instead of seeing shortcomings as failures, we should view them as lessons.
    HoHo Runs recently posted…Optimism During InjuryMy Profile

    1. I think we can worry about things, but still be optimistic. Even though we worry, we are hopeful things will work out.

  6. I’m definitely glass-half-full as well, but sometimes it’s a double-edged sword. I get in situations and sometimes keep seeing the rainbows when the rain is beating me down…and wonder if I’m so positive that I neglect “reality?” #deepthoughts LOL
    Kim Hatting recently posted…Have you smiled lately? I have!My Profile

    1. That’s definitely something we have to watch out for!

  7. Love your last sentence! And to answer your question, I’m definitely an optimist.

    Thanks for linking up!
    Debbie @ Deb Runs recently posted…Showing Optimism Despite Being StuckMy Profile

    1. I knew you would be! 🙂

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