Optimism Can Make a Positive DifferencePosted by Mike Swize, Ed.D. on 1/5/2023 2:00:00 PM
Happy New Year to all of you! I hope that you are starting 2023 healthy, happy and energized and had the opportunity to enjoy some time with the people who mean the most to you during the holidays.
Every year at this time, many of us reflect upon the past and look toward the future with a pledge to make positive changes in our lives – personal, professional or both. Our new year's resolutions are either shared with others or just a mental notation we make to ourselves to improve in some aspect(s) in the coming year ahead. Sometimes they come to fruition as we revisit and remind ourselves of our intended actions. Other times they disappear quickly and we don’t give them a second thought.
Regardless of whether you are a person who makes and/or follows through on new year’s resolutions, I wanted to share what seems like a very simple concept yet can foster a great deal of positive outcomes for all of us. I hope you will give it some thought and consideration.
Do you consider yourself an optimist? Optimists are the people who seem to smile no matter what is going on around them and always seem to be in a good mood. These are the people who always see “the glass as half full” rather than “half empty.” Though they most likely have the same kind of challenges as the people who don’t sport these same attitudes – because very few of us are not faced with difficulties as we navigate through our lives and all that comes with that – these people are able to look beyond the immediate obstacle and keep the spirit of “this too shall pass.”
Here are a few examples of optimism:
- You don’t give up on a challenging situation. Rather you remain persistent, knowing you can succeed despite any odds against you.
- You believe you can improve a bad situation and will figure out how to make things better.
- You feel you are in control of situations and realize that your positive actions lead to rewarding circumstances.
- You believe you can make a comeback, even when you’re not on top.
- You see obstacles as things to overcome rather than permanent fixtures that will prevent you from reaching a goal.
- You look forward and toward the future rather than dwelling on the past.
- You set goals and continuously work toward achieving them.
- You maintain good physical, mental and emotional health.
- You look at people who have accomplished something as an inspiration, and you don’t waste energy on negative emotions like envy.
- You always expect the best from others and trust them to be working for the common good, and if they don’t meet those expectations, you don’t hold grudges or give up on them.
There are many other examples of optimism. The point here is that having an optimistic attitude and mindset can translate into a more productive, fulfilling and peaceful life, both short and long term. I would like to challenge all of us to try to bring more optimism into our minds and hearts and to share our positivity with those around us each and every day.
I am optimistic that 2023 is going to be a positive year for our students, staff, families and community members. If we continue to support each other through all times – good and less than good – that hope will become a reality.
See you next month!
Mike Swize, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools