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July 23, 2015




Do you generally see the glass half full and the opportunities in perceived disappointments? Then you, my friend, just might be an optimist.


If you tend to focus on worse-case scenarios and let fear and lack run the show, then you are most likely a

pessimist--or what you might simply call a realist.


People who see the best in most situations tend to be more successful and happy than those who don't. Instead of being defeated by obstacles and setbacks, optimists keep moving forward with confidence and hopeful expectations. The good news is, you can learn to be more optimistic by creating more empowering explanations of what's going on.


Martin Seligman, the author of "Learned Optimism," is considered the father of the Positive Psychology movement. When explaining our situations, he asks us to consider the three Ps: 

1) Permanence

2) Pervasiveness

3) Personalization


For example, let's say you lose your job. If you're an optimist, you'll think this state of unemployment is only temporary (permanence), it will not affect every area of your life (pervasiveness) and you are not necessarily to blame (personalization).


Using the same model, as a pessimist you will see this as a long-term condition, affecting all areas of your life and will shoulder all the blame or harbor a deep resentment of the former employer or perhaps the economy. In other words, you fall into the victim mode.


Which person is more likely to find another job faster? The optimist!


It's all about awareness and making conscious choices. If you want to cultivate a more optimistic outlook, practice the three Ps on small, negative situations, like missing out on a prime parking spot at the mall or struggling to learn new technology. Then, practice it on positive situations, like landing a new client or getting a promotion.


Support your success by incorporating strategies like expressing gratitude and using affirmations. As you build your optimistic muscle, you'll soon find that a positive response will be your default reaction to whatever comes your way. And that response will inspire your family, friends, employees and coworkers to be optimistic, too.


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To Your Wisdom, 

Tricia Molloy

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"More than an inspiring speaker, Tricia is an expert facilitator who encouraged us to talk about what really matters and then clearly explained how we could get there. We were all taking a lot of notes. Her CRAVE process is simple, tangible and easy to follow. I've started writing in a gratitude journal and several others are creating vision boards. We know these steps will make a difference in our lives and in our work."

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Between the heat of summer and the frantic demands of the holidays, there is no better time to take time for yourself. As the leaves turn, the nights get longer and the days get cooler, we get the opportunity to reflect on who we are and where we're going. 

Walk through the woods. Meditate at the lake. Sit on your balcony as you write in your journal and take a moment to enjoy the beauty of an autumn sunset over the gardens.

No hustle. No bustle. Just a weekend for you to reconnect, reflect and rejuvenate in the beauty of nature and the company of other women there for the same reason.

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