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The Power of Optimism. Steve Barkley [email protected] 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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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 optimism alan loy mcginnis
Power of OptimismAlan Loy McGinnis

Research shows optimism can improve:

Health

Relationships

Job Performance

Income

Test Scores

mcginnis found that optimists
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 optimists1
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
Are never surprised by trouble
  • Optimists imagine the worst case scenario before taking action.
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Have Alternatives

Consciously Practice Positiveness

Celebrate

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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

what is your grit score
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

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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
Conscious Positiveness

Verbal

Non-Verbal

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#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
Reframe your child’s language
  • I’ll never be able to do this.
  • Math just doesn’t make sense.
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Celebrate

9. Build plenty of love into their lives

10. Share the good news

building winners
Building Winners
  • Victims
  • Sustainers
  • Dreamers
  • Winners
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