Optimism: The Fuel for Peak Performance & Resilience

What do you picture when you hear someone talk about optimism? Something like this? 

This is by far my favorite cup analogy! All joking aside, optimism, or rather the benefits of an optimistic outlook are far underrated. You may feel somewhat unsure about the notion of optimism given your military background. I’ll admit I was at first. As a former Military Intelligence Officer, we were taught to think in terms of the most likely course of action and the most dangerous course of action – and have a contingency plan. That approach seems in stark contrast with an optimistic outlook. Although there was the “plan for the worst, hope for the best” adage.

While it served us well in the military, living primarily through this lens out of uniform can have detrimental effects on our health, wellbeing, relationships, performance and resilience.

Our brains are hardwired to notice, remember and weigh negative events more heavily than positive events. Have you...

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