While unwinding from a busy weekend with the family, I quietly reflected on the wonderful memories from these past three days. After a few minutes my mind wandered back to other special times in my life that have made me so happy.

I’ve had my share of disappointments and trials, but those didn’t come to mind. The good times stood out strongly, and seemed to prevent any negative thoughts from creeping in. I couldn’t help but continue on this positive track and found it to be simply amazing!

It caused me to begin thinking analytically about why this method of contemplation is common to some people, but not others?  I’ve come up with a one-word explanation: Optimism.


When optimism is at the core of your thinking, even the simplest thing or smallest event can result in a very positive boost. The foundation of optimism is the expectation of success; no matter the outcome.  You may say, “But what if I fail, John?  I was so optimistic and things still didn’t work out.”  Here’s your answer; and I hope you will write these words down.  Not reaching a goal, does not equate with failure.  And finishing in second place instead of first, should certainly not be defined as failure.  Failure is giving up.  Failure is saying, “I quit!”

One who has optimism at the forefront of their thinking, doesn’t see failure as an end, but rather as a new start. The optimist sees failure as a stepping stone; not a stumbling block!

It would be so easy for me to sit and think of the good times, then suddenly veer off that path, falling into a pit of negative thinking that results in a terrible mindset.  If you allow this type of thinking it can ruin many a special moment and end up holding your mind prisoner.

Today I challenge you to keep you mind free of negative thoughts.  Look at your day, your week, and be willing to take action.  Maintain a positive outlook and “EXPECT THE BEST POSSIBLE OUTCOME.” Reflect on the positive things that are going on in your life, surround yourself with good people and build memories with the foundation of optimism.

On a personal level, tell yourself: “I will be optimistic in my thinking. When I don’t feel that I measure up, or fail to accomplish a goal, I will not consider using or even thinking of the term, “failure.” I will expect the best possible outcome in everything I do this week.”

On a business level, this week, display optimism in all you do. Your co-workers, boss, clients and family will recognize a new level of determination and confidence. And, you will have the willingness and determination to go above and beyond as a result.

John Chappelear
John is an award-winning author, consultant and speaker, with more than 30 years experience as an executive and entrepreneur. He is recognized internationally as an expert in individual and organizational wellness. His book, The Daily Six, has helped individuals and organizations across the world become more positive and productive. He is the founder of Changing the Focus, LLC which creates and delivers programs that builds positive, powerful, and balanced individuals, and more productive, creative, and profitable organizations.