Opportunity, Openness and Optimism! These three words work together to help us thrive in life, to explore and have adventures. The reason I feel these words all need to work in tandem is because unless we are optimistic about life and open to new ideas and thoughts, we can very easily miss opportunities to grow and improve our lives.
The more I am writing about Thriving in Life, the idea that it all comes down to us and our attitude is reinforced in my mind as the key to thriving. IT REALLY IS UP TO US AS INDIVIDUALS – IT IS OUR CHOICE.
Opportunity, Openness and Optimism
Too often we sit back and bemoan our situation, waiting for someone to come along and make things better for us. How often have you heard others verbalising their regret in life? ‘I wish I had done this or that’, ‘I should have done this or that’.
What we should be doing is making things happen. Making choices to change what we aren’t happy with in our life and looking for the opportunities to improve our life. But don’t just build that door – Open it!
How would you rank on the Openness test? Openness is one of the 5 Personality Traits known as OCEAN – Openness, Conscientiousness, Extroversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism. Having Openness means you are creative, open to new ideas and because of this more aware of opportunities.
Being Open means that you don’t dismiss ideas immediately or shut them down. You are willing to listen or learn about them before making a decision. Many of us struggle with being open because we fear the unknown or we fear change. Most of us like being in our comfort zone and feel ‘safe’ with what we know.
Being open to new things takes courage but also can bring fulfillment and richness to our lives. We become more understanding of others and the world in which we live. We realise there are other points of view that may have merit.
Being Open means having the courage to look inside ourselves and discover who we really are. It means being honest about our feelings and thoughts.
It isn’t easy being optimistic all of the time. In fact, it is impossible to be happy all of the time. Our attitude is the determining factor. We can feel positive about the future and possibilities or we can let our ‘inner critic’ start the negative self-talk conversation to bring us down.
Taking a life audit and setting out how you want your life to develop will help you have an optimistic outlook. Optimism brings excitement with thoughts of new adventures or possibilities. It reduces stress and anxiety and gives us a sense of well-being.
On the flip side, we do need a dose of reality because life will bring challenges that even the most optimistic person would struggle with. The point I’m making is that having an optimistic attitude, measured with a dose of realism, is much healthier than constantly looking at life negatively.
What can you do today that will bring Opportunity, Openness and Optimism to your life?
n my next post in the A to Z Guide to Thriving, I’m discussing ‘P’ is for Priorities – Learning to Set Boundaries. I do hope you will join me.
You might also like to check out my Over 50 & Thriving series. In this series, published every Thursday, guest writers give insight into what ‘Over 50 & Thriving’ means to them.
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