“See the glass half full.”
“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”
We’ve all heard these sayings before and perhaps have all thought to ourselves, “Easier said than done.” Being optimistic means being happy all the time, right? Who has the energy for that?!
We all face challenges and difficulties. No one is exempt from a bad day, yet we can all be optimistic. Optimism is a way to respond to situations. It’s finding the positivity in tough times. It’s being hopeful and confident about the future.
At iHire, we chose to include “optimistic” as one of our core values because it’s so important to maintaining a progress- and solutions-focused culture:
“We look at challenges from all angles with an emphasis on the possibilities. We propose solutions when identifying problems and actively work toward them with confidence they will be achieved.”
We can’t control everything that happens in our daily lives, but we can control how we handle it. Unexpected problems and changes can ruin our day, or they can be viewed as opportunities to learn, grow, and achieve.
Here are some tips on how you can be more optimistic in your life:
1. Find the good. Always look for the positive.
2. Write it down. At the end of the day, write down three good things that happened to you.
3. Speak with success. How you talk about a problem influences not only your mood but also the moods of those you interact with.
4. Forget the green-eyed monster. Stop comparing yourself to others and practice gratitude.
5. Take control. Who is in control of your happiness? You!
6. Smile. The impact of your smile is greater than you think (and it’s contagious).
7. Stay balanced. No one is 100% positive all of the time. Exercise positive but realistic thoughts.
Also consider the “Law of Attraction”: the type of energy you put out into the world, positive or negative, is what you will attract back into your life. As Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”
I hope you’ve enjoyed our core values blog series so far and have a better idea about who we are at iHire. We have three more values to cover – check back again soon!