I’ve been reflecting over the last few weeks about where I’ve grown or shifted this year as a business owner, a facilitator and coach, a person. During this process, five words have kept resonating with me
Courage, Optimism, Uncertainty, Instinct, Hope.
Here’s what Optimism has taught me this year:
It’s tightly connected to my ideas, creativity and drive.
To me, optimism is that belief that something positive is around the corner; that a risk will pay off; that I ‘can’ do the thing that feels like a massive stretch of my abilities.
It helps me grow and move past what I think is possible, to feel more fearless.
It’s me at my most energised and I’m at my best when I have it in abundance.
It can run out if I don’t nurture it
There’s been times this year when I’ve called on my optimism and it’s fell silent – all I’ve heard and felt was worry and doubt.
Things that would normally be an exciting ‘stretch’ were overwhelming and I became increasingly and unfamiliarly risk averse.
This year I’ve learned to nurture my optimism. To rest and reflect where I can, so I can hear its voice more clearly. To see and value it as a strength (which benefits from maintenance and attention) rather than a given.
This year optimism has helped me:
- Approach situations with energy and openness, trusting that I’ll get something from them.
- Step into uncertainty and help my clients feel comfortable and confident to step into it too.
- Stay true to myself and my business values and approach, even when I sometimes feel ‘less’ on social media.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences of optimism.