Staying positive can improve stress levels, productivity, your health and even your pocketbook. And while it’s a constant challenge to remain positive in today’s environment your results depend upon it. An optimistic worldview has been found to carry certain advantages. Optimism has been proven to be a powerful business tool that pays dividends when it comes to getting the job done. One of the top three characteristics that billionaires share is their natural optimistic personality.

Optimists don’t give up as easily as pessimists. They have a “can do” attitude. Sales professionals who are optimistic sell more. A study shows that new sales personnel at Metropolitan Life who scored high on a test on optimism sold 37 percent more life insurance in their first two years than pessimists (Seligman, 1990). Optimists use their imagination to “rehearse success”.

Optimists avoid negative environments. Optimists surround themselves with other optimists. They also tend to gravitate away from both negative people and situations naturally. The ability to avoid negativism when navigating your way through life has never been more important than it is today – your results depend upon it!

Optimists make better leaders. Nowhere is optimism more important then in leading organizations. This is particularly true today. Highly effective leaders possess the gift to convince others that what they believe is in fact possible. They are able to paint an optimistic picture.

Optimists manage or Ignore What They Can Not Change. For example you cannot control what the press prints during these turbulent times or the reality it suggests. But you can control what you do about it and the action you take to solve your situation.

Optimists have healthier relationships, better mental and physical health and live longer. Optimists are more resilient and have better self-esteem. It has been suggested that immune systems among optimistic people are stronger than among pessimists

Optimism can help boost productivity, enhance employee morale, overcome conflict and has a positive impact on the bottom line. The truth is, optimism has been proven to be a powerful tool that will pay dividends for your personal life and give you a competitive advantage professionally in your career. There is a lot to be gained, indeed, in cultivating an optimistic outlook.

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