One of the magnificent choices great leaders have in life is choosing to live as optimists or pessimists – to see the world in its infinite possibilities, or view only its scarcity and short-comings. Winston Churchill, English statesman, told us: “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Helen Keller wrote: “No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.”
Great leaders treasure and embrace the joys of optimism. “Optimism refuses,” as Robert Schuller, evangelist, wrote: “to believe that the road ends without options.” It brings enthusiasm and energy. It gives courage and belief to leap boldly beyond the walls of cynicism. It is magical in its power to influence others by its belief in what can be… something more beautiful, something more spectacular, something yet unimagined. It inspires hope and even more wonderfully belief.
To borrow Robert Brault’s, writer, metaphor, optimism allows great leaders to look at their life as a seven inch #2 pencil. Each day, they greet with joy the writing another chapter in their magnificent story filled with fantastic challenges and opportunities they will enrich and grow they lives. Their focus is fully the 6 ½ inches they will use to write their story, and not on the ½ inch eraser which, too, has its humble purpose. On your magnificent journey, remember the words of Robert Heinlein, writer: “Don’t ever become a pessimist… a pessimist is correct oftener than an optimist, but an optimist has more fun.” Life is so very good. Enjoy the journey with a smile.