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Refill the Glass

Refill the Glass

Refill the Glass

by Matt Booth

Is your glass half full or half empty?

Traditionally, the optimist sees the glass as half full while the pessimist sees it as half empty.  Optimism is a belief that tomorrow will be better than today. Pessimism is a belief that tomorrow will probably not be better than today. This is not only about your belief in tomorrow, it is about your belief of life.

If you’re an optimist, you look for good things happen to you. If you are a pessimist, you will look for the not-so-very-good things to happen to you. If you have optimism, you will arrange a get together for next weekend knowing it is going to be a bright, warm sunny day. If you have pessimism running through your veins, you will expect it to rain and might not even bother planning a party in the first place.

Optimists explain positive events as having happened because of them and see them as evidence that more positive things will happen. Pessimists think in the opposite way. They believe that negative events are caused by them and that one mistake means more will come.

For example, if an optimist gets a promotion, she will likely believe it’s because she’s good at her job and will receive more benefits and promotion in the future. A pessimist would see a promotion as a lucky event that probably won’t happen again, and may even worry that she’ll now be under more scrutiny. Understandably, if you’re an optimist, this bodes well for your future. Negative events are more likely to roll off of your back while positive events affirm your belief in yourself.

Optimism: motivates and encourages you to take calculated risks
Pessimism: play it safe
Optimism: energizes you
Pessimism: drains you
Optimism: inspires people to greater heights
Pessimism: diminishes people to new lows
Optimism: improves people
Pessimism: drags people down

The way you view tomorrow has a huge impact on your today. Whether you see optimism or pessimism is totally up to you. Your thoughts determine your life. Is it really just as simple as thinking optimistic thoughts? No, not really. You cannot simply think great thoughts into existence no matter how much optimism you have. Success still takes action. The difference between only thinking optimistically and thinking optimistically while taking action is like saying to an empty fireplace “Give me warmth and then I will put some wood in you”. You’ll be amazed at what happens when you add action to your optimism.

It’s the old question: Is the glass half full, or half empty? People can argue about this question over and over. I’m not as concerned about if you think the glass is half full or half empty as I am about your attitude on how you’re going to refill the glass.