The power of optimism & why adversity is your friend

Facing adversity in life is basically guaranteed, but the one thing that isn’t certain is how we handle that adversity.

People who chase an entrepreneurial dream are renowned for being invariably optimistic. Viewing the glass as half full (rather than half empty) and focusing on solutions not problems. But does this mean that optimistic people don’t feel heartache and disappointment to the same degree as those who aren’t innately positive?

I think not, the key difference is really in how we handle the hard times. I know many people start their day with positive affirmations. I think that can be a great way to start your day, however, for me, positivity and optimism is at the very core of my soul. I don’t need a sticker on my mirror to tell me it’s going to be a great day. I know it’s going to be a great day – because I will do everything in my power to make it so. I like to be in control and I literally make it my business to make sure I am.

In business and life, I believe one of the key ingredients for success is the ability to be positive beyond reason. I believe there is a simple formula, Optimism = Success. People might challenge me on this, but what many don’t seem to realise is that success doesn’t always need to be what you set out for it to become. By that I mean, entrepreneurial people tend to fail and then fail again. Then, they have a bit of success, but in the scheme of things, it might not be too far off failure. The truth is that they may never be known as successful successful entrepreneurs!

So, we need to reframe our expectation and definition of success. I believe that simply through being optimistic you will find the success you truly need, because believe it or not, success doesn’t need to be linked to achievement. I believe that success should always be measured by happiness and therefore optimism, success and happiness are all linked.

So what’s the moral of the story? Follow your heart, be sure that you feel good and certain about what how you handle a situation. Failure won’t actually kill you, but it’ll certainly help you figure out what you do need to do next on your road to success. Learn how to cultivate a positive response pattern in your own mind set when it comes to adverse situations – you might be surprised at the results.