Be critical

The antithesis of negativity is not positive thinking, but critical thinking. Skepticism, rather than optimism, is the most powerful way to undermine pessimistic presuppositions. The perception of doom and gloom does not arise from a lack of faith in the goodness of the Universe, but from an overabundance of confidence in what we think we… Continue reading Be critical

Don’t give pessimism a free pass

Forget about being positive for today. I’ll compromise with you. The next time you get ready to form a pessimistic conclusion about anyone or anything, just ask yourself the following 2 questions; 1) How do I know beyond a reasonable doubt that this negative conclusion is true? 2) Am I using the same standard of… Continue reading Don’t give pessimism a free pass

Why I value being creative more than being positive

For many people, “being positive” amounts to trying really hard to be a good sport who laughs a lot and gets along with everyone. But this image of optimism fails to account for all of the healthy, successful people who don’t seem to be friendly, upbeat, or outwardly cheerful at all. While I freely embrace conventional terms like… Continue reading Why I value being creative more than being positive

Positive Thinking is not a consolation prize. It’s the gold medal!

In sports, a distinction is made between teams who “play not to lose” and teams who “play to win.” The former doesn’t expect to win. They may have the desire, but they lack the conviction that they have what it takes to ultimately succeed. Instead, they settle for being competitive. Their primary goal is to… Continue reading Positive Thinking is not a consolation prize. It’s the gold medal!

You don’t have to be preachy to be positive?

When we discover a new or empowering insight, it’s usually our first instinct to share it with everyone we know. I’ve eased up on that approach. The purpose of an idea, in my evolving opinion, isn’t to convert others into it. The purpose is allow that idea to be fully absorbed and assimilated into my own… Continue reading You don’t have to be preachy to be positive?