The predominant quality of successful people is optimism. Your level of optimism is the very best predictor of how happy, healthy, wealthy and long-lived you will be.” ~ Brian Tracy

Exercise Optimism Definition: Taking a proactive perspective of hope and possibility.

Importance: By employing a habit of optimism, people take ownership. They generate new options, invent solutions to “unsolvable” problems — and they are healthier, have stronger relationships, do better at work, and are more resilient. 

exercise optimism quote - helen keller: although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it

imgresExample: If you have a disagreement with a coworker, a perspective of optimism can be a game changer. Instead of thinking, my coworker is this or that, and they won’t change anyway so there is nothing I can do, a person using optimism chooses to think that the disagreement was one specific event, which can be discussed after some time passes, and that they can work on communicating better with that coworker.

Exercising optimism helps you take ownership of your reactions. It makes people happy, which has a host of other positive effects. We use the term EXERCISE because it takes work — actively seeking out a perspective of possibility.

The Components of Exercise Optimism

Six Seconds’ Emotional Intelligence test, SEI, explores three dimensions to Exercise Optimism: duration, scope and power. For example, imagine someone had a car crash:

How long will the problem last?
Pessimistic: “It’s going to take SUCH a long time for my broken ribs to heal, and the car will never be the same.”
Optimistic: “It’s going to take months for my broken ribs to heal, it’s a long time, but it’s not forever.”

How widespread is the problem?
Pessimistic: “I can’t do anything until I’m better, my whole life is on hold.”
Optimistic: “I definitely can’t do sports for awhile, but I will catch up on some reading, and I will be able to work on my writing.”

Is there anything I can do about the problem?
Pessimistic: “This was a freak accident that happened to me, and I just have to hope for a miracle.”
Optimistic: “I better learn to drive more carefully next time. For now, I’m going to focus on taking care of myself and doing my physical therapy.”

Video

 

Emotional Intelligence Articles about Exercise Optimism

How to Practice Emotional Intelligence: Tips for Choice (updated for 2018)

By: Michael Miller on March 28, 2018 | 12 comments
[et_pb_section bb_built="1" next_background_color="#ffffff"][et_pb_row background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat" background_size="initial" _builder_version="3.0.93" make_fullwidth="on"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Intro" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat" background_size="initial" _builder_version="3.0.93" background_layout="light"] Do you want to know how to practice emotional intelligence? What are specific, tangible steps to take to respond more intentionally, instead of reacting on autopilot? At Six Seconds, our vision is one billion people practicing the skills of emotional intelligence by 2039.  So I asked our world-wide network of certified practitioners: What EQ practice would you recommend for people to be less volatile and more intentional? [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section bb_built="1"…

 

Four Steps to A More Intentional Life

By: Maria Jackson on March 6, 2018 | 9 comments
[et_pb_section bb_built="1" next_background_color="#ffffff" _builder_version="3.0.105" background_color="#240c04"][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.0.105" background_layout="light" text_font_size="17px" text_text_color="#ffffff" link_text_color="#f2a3a6"] Meet Heidi Day, a very intentional woman. As a trauma to transformation coach, emotional intelligence practitioner, and Six Seconds Preferred Partner, she spends a lot of her life helping herself and others make intentional choices.  [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section bb_built="1" fullwidth="on" specialty="off" prev_background_color="#240c04" next_background_color="#240c04" _builder_version="3.0.105"][et_pb_fullwidth_image _builder_version="3.0.105" src="http://prodimages.6seconds.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/08154606/Copy-of-Choose-Yourself_-A-Trauma-Coach-Shares-Her-Intentional-Life.png" show_in_lightbox="off" url_new_window="off" use_overlay="off" /][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section bb_built="1" prev_background_color="#ffffff" next_background_color="#c6a58c" _builder_version="3.0.105" background_color="#240c04"][et_pb_row _builder_version="3.0.105"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Heidi Day is one of those people you meet and think, %22wow, I could literally…

 

Olympic-Level Failure

By: Joshua Freedman on February 23, 2018 | 4 comments
[et_pb_section bb_built="1" admin_label="section" transparent_background="off" background_color="#ffffff" parallax_method="off" custom_padding="0px||0px|" padding_mobile="on" _builder_version="3.0.85" next_background_color="#fa753d"][et_pb_row admin_label="row" make_fullwidth="on" use_custom_gutter="on" gutter_width="1" padding_mobile="on" parallax_method="off" column_padding_mobile="on" custom_padding="0px||0px|" parallax_method_1="off" parallax_method_2="off" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat" background_size="initial" _builder_version="3.0.105"][et_pb_column type="1_2"][et_pb_text admin_label="Olympic Level " background_layout="light" text_font="Open Sans||||" text_font_size="24" text_text_color="#000000" custom_margin="18%|||30%" custom_css_main_element="font-weight:600;" module_alignment="left" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat" background_size="initial" _builder_version="3.0.105"] What  We Can Learn From Olympic-Level [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="1_2"][et_pb_image admin_label="olympic medal" src="http://prodimages.6seconds.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/23110039/Screen-Shot-2018-02-23-at-9.57.06-AM.jpg" show_in_lightbox="off" url_new_window="off" use_overlay="off" align="left" force_fullwidth="on" always_center_on_mobile="on" show_bottom_space="off" _builder_version="3.0.93" /][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row custom_padding="0px||0px|" parallax_method="off" parallax_method_1="off" column_padding_mobile="on" custom_padding_phone="0px||6%|" custom_padding_last_edited="on|phone" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat" background_size="initial" _builder_version="3.0.93" background_color_1="#a55b83"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Failure" background_layout="light" text_orientation="center" text_font="Open Sans||||" text_font_size="8em" text_text_color="#fa753d" custom_margin="-65%|||"…

 

Summit17 The Multiplying Power

By: Joshua Freedman on November 30, 2017 | 6 comments
[et_pb_section bb_built="1" admin_label="section" transparent_background="off" background_color="#ffffff" parallax_method="off" custom_padding="0px||0px|" padding_mobile="on" _builder_version="3.0.85"][et_pb_row admin_label="row" make_fullwidth="on" use_custom_gutter="on" gutter_width="1" padding_mobile="on" parallax_method="off" column_padding_mobile="on" custom_padding="0px||0px|" parallax_method_1="off" parallax_method_2="off" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat" background_size="initial" _builder_version="3.0.85"][et_pb_column type="1_2"][et_pb_text admin_label="Summit 2017" background_layout="light" text_font="Open Sans||||" text_font_size="24" text_text_color="#000000" custom_margin="6%|||10%" custom_css_main_element="font-weight:600;" module_alignment="left" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat" background_size="initial" _builder_version="3.0.82" border_style="solid" box_shadow_position="outer"] Summit 2017 [/et_pb_text][et_pb_text admin_label="The multiplying power of shared insight is" background_layout="light" text_font="Open Sans||||" text_font_size="20" text_text_color="#999999" custom_margin="1%||6%|10%" text_line_height="1.5em" custom_margin_last_edited="on|desktop" module_alignment="left" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat" background_size="initial" _builder_version="3.0.82" border_style="solid" box_shadow_position="outer"] The multiplying power of shared insight is [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="1_2"][et_pb_image admin_label="summit logo" src="http://prodimages.6seconds.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/24155051/EQ-Summit-17-logo-teal2.png" show_in_lightbox="off" url_new_window="off" use_overlay="off"…

 

How to Be More Optimistic: 3 Vital Questions

By: Michael Miller on May 22, 2017 | 5 comments
[et_pb_section bb_built="1" admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row" make_fullwidth="on" use_custom_width="off" width_unit="on" custom_width_percent="80px" use_custom_gutter="off" allow_player_pause="off" parallax="off" parallax_method="on" make_equal="off" parallax_1="off" parallax_method_1="off"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" header_font_size="30" header_letter_spacing="0" header_line_height="1" text_letter_spacing="0" text_line_height="1.7" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_width="1" border_style="solid"] Do you want to know how to be more optimistic? Many of us have the feeling that we should be more optimistic, but how, specifically, can you make it happen? This article offers concrete steps for bringing out the optimist in you. [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section bb_built="1" admin_label="Section" fullwidth="on" specialty="off" transparent_background="off" allow_player_pause="off" inner_shadow="off" parallax="off" parallax_method="on" make_fullwidth="off" use_custom_width="off" width_unit="on"…

 

The Enthusiasm of the Desperate

By: Anabel Jensen on May 1, 2017 | 5 comments
EQ can help us achieve our goals and get through hard times, even cold, wet, and trapped in the shower.  How can EQ help us stay optimistic and make new habits? When we exercise optimism, shifting from powerless to powerful, we take on new challenges, and make positive change. Since co-founding 6seconds.org in 1997, I’ve found myself so much more aware, on a daily basis, of how emotional intelligence can help us move forward, solve problems, mend fences, and even see…

 

Click here for more Exercise Optimism articles on our site

Recommended Tools

Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life: In this groundbreaking guide, outlines easy-to-follow techniques that have helped thousands of people rise above pessimism and the depression that accompanies negative thoughts.

EQ for Families: Optimism Workshop: Deliver essential lessons on optimism and raising resilient children with this dynamic, effective module. Optimism is a learned way of thinking — and optimists live longer, are happier, healthier, have longer-lasting relationships, and are more successful!

The Optimistic Child: An excellent guide for parents committed to raising a child who has learned to create a positive future.

A Teacher’s Daily Dose of Optimism: This book is dedicated to the educators of the world who need encouragement. Its purpose is to help teachers keep the fire and passion for teaching alive by providing daily support, plus a specific tip for caring for one’s self.

Michael Miller

Michael Miller

EQ Librarian at Six Seconds
Michael Miller is a writer and contributor for Six Seconds- The Emotional Intelligence Network. He is passionate about living a balanced, healthy life and helping others to do the same. You can reach him at [email protected]
Michael Miller