Careers: Optimism & Realism to Be The One
by Kate Nasser |
Optimism and realism co-exist in many people. Do they in you? If yes, then you have the advantage.
Picture a decision maker about to decide who will be the one. It might be a leader about to delegate responsibility, a hiring manager interviewing job applicants, or an executive doing succession planning.
What will sway that decision maker to pick you to be the one? Beyond specific qualifications, a clear demonstration of both optimism and realism tips the scale your way.
“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” ~William Arthur Ward
The optimism in you will:
- Inspire innovation and propel success
- See possibilities that others don’t
- Encourage and engage others up
- Strengthen the resolve and commitment
- Energize during the last mile of the journey
The realism in you will:
- Minimize risk by identifying and rejecting the truly impossible
- See the struggle and overcome it
- Know when to adjust course and do it
- Build strengths and counter-strengths to ensure success
When you have both optimism and realism, you outshine others that otherwise equal you in qualifications.
This duo makes you valuable in varied careers and roles:
As a leader, you will inspire and engage employees to action.
As a sales rep, you will dream big and deliver.
As a project manager, you will master the details yet the details will not become your master.
In truth, optimism and realism make you valuable in any career. What examples would you add to this list to showcase the value and power of having both?
We often think of that certain people as optimists and others as realists. Yet these traits are not mutually exclusive. It is possible to develop both optimism and realism with astonishing results for your career, the organization, your life, and all those your touch, mentor, and coach.
To strengthen your realism, spend time with realists.
- Ask them what is it about practical suggestions and alternatives that makes them feel comfortable.
- Then ask yourself, what about realism disillusions or blocks you? Are you confusing realism with pessimism? Understanding your own view is the path to finding both optimism and realism.
To heighten your optimism,
- Start each day by reading an inspirational reading or viewing a short 2 minute video like The Power of Attitude or The Nature of Success. Inspirational thoughts and videos are the tangible expression of optimism.
If just the thought of doing this makes you cringe, watch a video just once and then write down what about the lack of details makes you so uncomfortable.
- Write down one positive result you have seen at work when others are inspired. After that if optimism still doesn’t move you, develop and embrace it just to tangibly lead others to the same place you are going — success.
Kudos to their optimism to see the possible value and realism to make it happen.
From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach™
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