Optimism Definition: 3 OPT IN Choices You Get to Make Today

October 9, 2014 by Kent Julian

Here’s an optimism definition from Dictionary.com: A disposition or tendency to look on the more favorable side of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome.

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Let’s break this optimism definition down into 3 choices you can make every day to become more positive and hopeful about your life and work.

Optimism Definition: 3 OPT IN Choices You Get to Make Every Day

OPT IN to Your Reality. The first step towards optimism is to embrace reality. Your reality includes both good and bad circumstances. And guess what…the same it true for everyone. Optimistic people have not been blessed with better realities than others. In fact, some of the most miserable people you’ll meet have been blessed beyond belief while many of the optimistic people you’ll meet have faced more than their fair share of challenges. Yet these optimistic people choose to view challenging circumstances through positive lenses and consistently grow in learned optimism.

OPT IN to Your Responses. Optimistic people don’t just embrace reality, they shape it. They realize none of us are in control of the vast majority of events that occur in our lives. However, they also realize there is one thing we completely control and that is our response to events. Therefore, optimistic people take ownership of their responses to events and positively shape their outcomes. Bottom line, there is no better working definition of optimism than E+R=O.

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Kent is a past keynote presenter at the Mobile Beat Las Vegas DJ Show and Conference. Before starting Live It Forward, Kent led several youth organizations in Georgia, Nebraska, and Illinios. He also served as the Executive Director of Alliance Youth, an organization that works with over 2,000 youth groups across the United States. Okay, now that you know about Live It Forward and Kent’s work history, he wants to share what’s most important to him. His mission in life is to glorify God and enjoy him well by being a compelling and influential encourager who equips people and organizations to show up and shine in their most important roles. Kent is crazy-in-love with his wife, Kathy, and their three incredible children. He is an avid exerciser who runs, swims, and does strength training, so you’ll regularly find him enjoying a good workout. Besides exercising, his favorite pastimes include listening to music, reading, eating sushi, and sipping dark roasted coffee (right now, his two favorite is Ethiopian). His favorite ice cream is, and will always be, coffee ice cream! Oh yeah, one last thing…he’s very comfortable with his bald head because as he likes to say, “God only uncovers that which is perfect!”


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