Opinion: optimism doesn't wait on facts. It deals with prospects.


There's a difference between optimism and hope. Hope is waiting for the best possible outcome, while optimism is recognizing that some things might not turn out as you hope. This distinction can be especially important in pursuing dreams since they are enormous undertakings with few guarantees. So much so, that even the optimist will admit to having moments of doubt along the way when something doesn't turn out as expected. Whether it's having to wait six months longer than anticipated, needing to find a new job just when you thought you had one, or being injured and having to miss training camp, With every setback, there will be some degree of doubt. That's why optimism is such a powerful tool in pursuing your dreams.

It is the ability to believe that good thing can happen despite everything that seems to be working against them. Remember, a dream is an aimlessness without hope, but hope never comes without first the dream. It's with the hope that you can turn a dream into a reality. And it's with optimism that you can turn reality into a dream.

Sometimes people in the media talk of optimism and hope as if they were the same thing. But they're not! Why? Because one involves waiting for your dreams to come true, while the other doesn't. Hope is what you do when your dream is still very far away, while optimism is what you do when it's already here. Hope believes that things will turn out for the best for you, regardless of what has already happened. Optimism knows that you still need to make a lot of adjustments and a lot of decisions so that the reality you want can become a reality.

In your case, there will be times when you feel like giving up because it seems as if nothing is going right in life. It may seem as if no one wants to put their money on you or in your game. But if you don't stop and wonder, "What causes this?" then you won't be able to see what others are seeing. You'll find that it's not because of them - it's just the way things are. As long as you don't blame the people who love you or support YOU, then your dreams will remain in a state where they can become reality.

Waiting is a useless waste of time and energy and only stops what is meant to happen. If you are in a place where your dream is already here, then the only way it can become reality is if you change your reality to make it a reality. You have to go out and find the other people who can inspire, who can help, who can relate, and know what you need. No one knows what they need better than YOU. So no matter what happens, you have to keep pressing on.

The only way to make a dream come true is to make yourself the dream, complete with all the good qualities and all the values you need to attract others. You have to bring out the best in yourself because that's what you'll need for others. You have also got to be able can accept whatever comes up - because nothing ever comes up unless it's supposed to come up. Even when you give your all and things don't turn out as planned, you have got to keep yourself in a place where your reality can change. You have to realize that if you don't like what happens, it's because you're doing something wrong.

The only way to find out what happens is by being optimistic enough to approach each day with the hope that something good might happen. You have to be able to make this happen for yourself because, if not, no one will be able to do it for you. Sometimes you may get better advice from those who are less qualified than you are, but you'll always get the best results from yourself. That's the only real reason why anyone does anything - because they want to.

How many times have you been told that you're not good enough, that they don't need you, or that your dreams aren't financially possible? Maybe you've been told all three of these things. And maybe it's true... maybe it isn't. The only way to know is to give yourself time to find out what's behind your doubt and your pessimism. You have got to fight off whatever negativity is already in you and replace it with a positive attitude about what could happen in the future for you.

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