Staying positive does not mean that things will turn out okay. Rather, it is knowing that you will be okay no matter how things turn out.

Staying positive does not mean that things will turn out okay. Rather, it is knowing that you will be okay no matter how things turn out.


No matter how things resolve, are you going to be OK?

A lot of people believe that optimism is blind positivity towards every possible outcome. But, an experienced optimist will share with you that it is considerably more than strictly a blind adherence to positive thought and complete expectation that everything will always work out perfectly. 

For in many circumstances, that is not the case. I believe that intelligent optimism must be tempered with pragmatism that feeds a core understanding that whatever it is that one might be feeling positive and optimistic about, there is an equally likely opportunity that things may not go as expected. 

How does an optimist anticipate such an occurrence? And more importantly, how does an optimist reinforce themselves against the negative outcome of something they feel so enthusiastic about? 

This stems from a small packet of personal self-care, deep within. If you are going to continually be optimistic, you are inevitably going to be wrong sometimes. When that occurrence transpires, are you going to be devastated or do you have a mechanism within your own infrastructure that allows you to be resilient and facilitates your ability to bounce right back, in the face of this setback? 

An experienced optimist will search within, and explain to you that there is a certain quality of self protection within the optimistic framework, that enables the optimist to push themselves against the negative outcomes, and to fortify themselves with the understanding that win or lose, their lives will be just fine. 

How is that possible to be so pragmatic when you are trying to be so methodically positive about your outlook on life and the potential variables? 

The answer comes from having lived through enough of the negative outcomes and recognizing that, with the proper response to those negative outcomes, we are every bit as optimistic, and as capable as we were, prior to them transpiring. 

If we encounter a negative outcome, and we are disappointed by that outcome, it truly is not the end of the world, even if it potentially feels like that at the moment we were going through it. 

What really awakens is the understanding that there are going to be many such moments in life that do not play out the way that we wish for them to, and our only choice must be to remain in a positive frame of mind, so that perhaps the next time we will prevail. 

It’s just that simple. What we think, we become.

Happy Tuesday!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!