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June 19, 2011

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I love this, "I was overly optimistic about my ability to be optimistic." It made me laugh, but also rings so true that optimism is an ability. I am not optimistic, generally, so something that helps me is to set the intent in specific situations (that I'm worrying about) that no matter what happens, the highest good for myself and others will be served. Sometimes things turn out as I envisioned, sometimes not. But, almost always, the intent is fulfilled.

Thanks for sharing your experiences and insights about the Optimist's Challenge. I, too, often find optimism difficult, and I've only recently come to see how very good I am at taking factual information and spinning it into elaborate, terrifying stories to tell myself.

Another book I'd recommend, if you haven't already read it, is a fun but powerful book called Taming Your Gremlin. I read it years ago and still draw on its wisdom when I'm feeling especially anxious or pessimistic.

I think optimism is also a spiritual gift. So we can be born with it, or ask/develope it later.

Thanks for this post Whitney. I think I have not been overly optimistic lately. Some more minute but obvious manifestations of this is that I have not been commenting on the blog as much because I have not been "dreaming" much recently and I've been more pulled back from interactions in general. I tend to think of myself as more pessimistic than optimistic. But when I pull back the layers, I see my refusal to give up attitude smiling back at me. A little worse for wear, but still ready to fight like a tiger. Sometimes it just takes posts like this to find it again. Thanks.

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  • When I took a sabbatical from Wall Street to pursue a different dream and help others live theirs, I learned that women in the U.S. may be placated, even pampered, but because we aren't dreaming, we are also desperate and depressed. Drawing on a variety of sources, ranging from academic studies to pop culture, dare to dream encourages us to dream. And then to act on our dreams.

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