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The Power of Optimism. Steve Barkley sbarkley@plsweb.com. My optimism shows when. You know my optimism is low when you see. Optimism : a bright and hopeful feeling about life in which one expects things to turn out all right -the belief that there is more good than evil in life.

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The Power of Optimism

Steve Barkley

sbarkley@plsweb.com


My optimism shows when


You know my optimism is low when you see


Optimism: a bright and hopeful feeling about life in which one expects things to turn out all right -the belief that there is more good than evil in life.


Power of OptimismAlan Loy McGinnis

Research shows optimism can improve:

Health

Relationships

Job Performance

Income

Test Scores


McGinnis found that optimists:

1. Are never surprised by trouble

2. Value partial solutions

3. Believe they have control over the future

4. Plan for regular renewal

5. Have heightened powers of admiration

6. Interrupt their negative trains of thought


McGinnis found that optimists

7. Are cheerful even when they can’t be happy

8. Have an almost unlimited capacity for stretching

9. Build plenty of love into their lives

10. Share good news

11. Use their imaginations to rehearse success

12. Accept what cannot be changed


Are never surprised by trouble

  • Optimists imagine the worst case scenario before taking action.


Value Partial Solutions

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Optimists Value Partial Solutions

They get started!


Have Alternatives

Consciously Practice Positiveness

Celebrate


Have Alternatives

3. Believe they have control over the future

4. Plan regular renewal

8. Have an almost unlimited capacity for stretching

12. Accept what cannot be changed


Optimists ContinuallyBuild Options

Learn

Stretch


What is your GRIT score?

Setbacks don’t discourage me.

  •  Very much like me

  •  Mostly like me

  •  Somewhat like me

  •  Not much like me

  •  Not like me at all

    Take the GRIT Test

    http://www.sas.upenn.edu/~duckwort/images/8-item%20Grit%20081011.pdf


Consciously Practice Positiveness

5. Have heightened powers of admiration

6. Interrupt their negative trains of thought

7. Are cheerful even when they can’t be happy

11. Use their imaginations to rehearse success


Conscious Positiveness

Verbal

Non-Verbal


#1 You didn’t study enough.

#2 You rushed and made careless mistakes.

#3 Those grades will never get you into the university you want.


Reframe your child’s language

  • I’ll never be able to do this.

  • Math just doesn’t make sense.


Picture theSuccessful Future


Celebrate

9. Build plenty of love into their lives

10. Share the good news


Building Winners

  • Victims

  • Sustainers

  • Dreamers

  • Winners


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