Let’s declutter your mindset today by paying attention to whether you are more of a pessimist than an optimist. Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Do you know why you always see the glass as half empty? What are the benefits of being an optimist?  Learn tips to become more optimistic.

Flowers, more light, the smell of earth. Spring is about re birth and new beginnings, what better time to improve your outlook on life?

Negativity usually is a defense mechanism so you won’t be disappointed if things don’t work out. 

You can change what you believe and it affects what you feel. Check out the Bruce Lipton interview on the Biology of Belief. Goes into more detail.

In a 2011 study researchers compared one group of people who engaged in the five minute thought exercise of positively thinking about their future selves, while those in a comparison group just imagined their typical daily activities. Participants in the Best Possible Self group significantly increased their optimism both after the first day, and after two full weeks.


Why Would You Want to be More Optimistic?

There’s evidence that optimists live longer. A 9-year study of cardiovascular health in more than 900 men and women in the Netherlands found that pessimists not only die sooner of heart disease than optimists, but they also die sooner of just about everything. Pessimism has even been linked to higher odds of developing dementia.

Pessimistic people tend to think bad thins that happen are permanent whereas optimistic people seem them as temporary.  You always get mad at me instead of you get mad when I don’t take out the trash. If you’re a pessimist you may be able to go to worst-case scenario in no time flat.  Catch yourself when you do this.

Please be sure to be really aware of your language. I did a podcast about how we talk to ourselves.  Use sometimes or lately instead of always or never. 

Perspective is something else optimists use.  For pessimists, when one bad thing happens, it has a cascading effect. It comes back to having a specific explanation for bad events rather than catastrophizing. For example, saying “I’ll never learn Spanish in this class” rather than “I’ll never learn another language”.

Get in the habit of becoming aware of your thoughts and challenging them.


Focus on Solutions, Not on Problems

Begin your day focusing on what needs to be done. If you find yourself obsessing about a problem, feeling negative, or experiencing self-doubt, change your focus by asking: What’s one thing I could do differently that might make this situation better? Replacing problem-focused thinking with solution-focused thinking immediately gives you a sense of forward movement, possibility, and hope — the foundations of optimism.

Find any improvement to the current situation. No matter how small. For example, losing a pound may seem small when your goal is 350 pounds, but it’s movement in the right direction. Finding that golden nugget.

Minimize obstacles to success. What distraction or obstacles get in the way of meeting your goals? Not writing things down, hanging out with negative people, social media? Know your distractions and limit them. 

Pat yourself on the back! I was out with a friend the other night and did this.  Review your day: Ask yourself where you have succeeded today?  This reinforces optimism and helps build confidence.

Take care of yourself. Exercise, eat right, have a mindfulness practice a spiritual practice. If you feel good, you are more likely to have happier thoughts and emotions.

Befriend an optimist and hang out with optimistic people. We’re like who we hang with.

Keep trying. I’m reading a book right now that is challenging me in how I talk. It’s hard, but I keep trying because I have believed in this book.


Declutter Your Mindset to be an Optimist

Gratitude. As always, practicing gratitude is something that doesn’t cost you a dime and you can easily do.  To help you get in the habit, consider doing at the same time. Before you go to bed or when driving home from work. Struggling?  Get back to basics. I be everyone listening has a roof over their head and access to clean drinking water. The more you practice, the easier it becomes.

Take actions from today’s declutter your life blog on declutter your mindset:

  • Monitor your thoughts. Where are you pessimistic? In an area or two or with just about everything?
  • Dig deeper. Can you discover why you are so pessimistic?
  • Begin by focusing on changing one area where you are pessimistic.
  • Create a plan to be more optimistic.
  • Hang out with a friend who is optimistic or find a friend or a group where people see the glass as half full.

Certified life coach, author & award-winning professional life organizer Julie Coraccio shares steps and tips to support you in creating the life you choose, deserve, and desire through decluttering your life, mindfulness, and how to organize your life.

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