Redefining Optimism

Welcome back to the current issue of the Law of Attraction Key Newsletter!

Do you see the glass as half empty or half full? That’s the defining question that you hear about optimism. We all know that optimism is essential to manifesting everything you desire, but there is more to optimism than you think.

Optimism isn’t just about a glass being half full or half empty – there is MUCH more to it than that and when you look at optimism differently, everything shifts. I brought Chris Cade in for this week’s magazine issue to help redefine optimism.

I truly believe that in this article is the shift you need in order to feel completely supported and protected by the Universe at all times.

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Kristen

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“When you choose the belief that the Universe
is always conspiring in your favor, you are then
free to release needing to know ‘why’ every little
thing happens because you know it is for the
highest good of you and all involved.”

— Kristen Howe

 

Redefining Optimism

By Chris Cade

Lately I’ve been really interested in looking at the meaning of words in new ways. Words are the primary way we communicate (especially in digital mediums). And they are symbols for what lies in our minds, both consciously and subconsciously.

By redefining words consciously, you can actually begin to rewire your subconscious for your benefit. That’s because as we live more consciously, our subconscious is also affected (whether we’re trying or not).

Today, I’m going to look at “optimism.” In most contexts, we think of optimism as assuming a positive outcome.

The first definition in a dictionary supports this view:

“A tendency to expect the best possible outcome or dwell on the most hopeful aspects of a situation”

In other words, it’s an expectation that the future will be ideal.

What’s missing from this equation though is context. Who exactly decides what is “more ideal” or “best possible outcome” or “hopeful aspects”?

Is it your ego? How does that compare if somebody else’s ego disagrees?

For example, in a tennis match. Both players are optimistic that they will win. Each player has practiced for many years and has a variety of excellent techniques to defeat their opponents.

Yet only one can win. Therefore, we have to ask:

Does optimism serve them both?

Sure they both can expect to win. Sure both can prepare to win. Since only one can win though, this view of optimism is limited.

I’m beginning to wonder about a different way of looking at optimism.

Here are two other definitions of optimism:

“(a) The doctrine that this world is the best of all possible worlds.”

-and-

“(b) The belief that the universe is improving and that good will ultimately triumph over evil.”

Regardless of whether we look at it from the perspective of good versus evil, I particularly resonate with these two definitions.

What if instead of viewing the world as inherently good or evil, we viewed it in terms of optimization?

What if instead of asking “Why do bad things happen to good people?” we asked, “How might this experience ~optimize~ for the greatest benefit of the world?”

This perspective makes a lot more sense when we consider the definitions of “optimize:”

“(a) To make as effective, perfect, or useful as possible.”

“(b) to make the best of.”

In this view, it’s no longer about being hopeful or optimistic in the traditional sense. It’s not about thinking positively about our own unique situation.

We’re challenged to ask bigger questions. Questions that go beyond just what our egos want to say about how an “ideal” situation looks.

We can think about optimization in a larger sense. We can consider how our own personal experience might be contributing to a larger whole.

It’s often said “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Thus, if we are all parts of a whole, it stands to reason that our personal “optimizations” are contributing to the whole…

And often in ways we can’t know or comprehend.

Keep on reading to find out how to experience optimism in a new way …

 

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Experiencing Optimism in a NEW Way 

When we step the ego aside for a little while, we have an opportunity to experience optimism in this new way. Experiences, however personal they are, however difficult they are, might just be a doorway through which the Universe is optimizing itself.

The interesting thing about optimization is that we can’t know what it looks like. Some might say that an optimized car might go faster in a shorter time period. That is true. However, an optimized car also might use less resources, be lighter, recycle easier, be easier to drive, or just an awesome stereo.

All of those are ways in which optimization for a vehicle could happen. Yet if we only focus on making faster cars, we lose out on the possibility that there’s many ways to optimize a car.

Or maybe, while trying to optimize a car a totally different technology is discovered… perhaps giving rise to a new supercomputer or flying saucer technology.

Take, for example, this story…

Alexander Fleming was a scientific researcher in the early 1900’s that once went on a vacation.  After returning, then working, he set aside a stack of bacterial cultures.

When he returned to the laboratory, he discovered that one of those cultures had been contaminated with a fungus. He also noticed that all the bacteria around that fungus had been destroyed.

This was how one of the greatest disease-preventing agents in history was accidentally discovered. It was named “penicillin.”

Sure there are lots of accidental discoveries in the world. It happens all the time. Perhaps that’s because the Universe seems to have an optimizing nature about it.

We don’t always understand what is being optimized. We don’t always know why. But it seems that there’s something about experiences that gives us the opportunity to optimize personally and as a collective.

Similarly, there’s also different ways to optimize your life. You can’t know exactly what “more confidence” will look like in your life. And yet, as you develop your confidence more fully, your life optimizes as a byproduct.

Maybe you engage more socially. Maybe you ask for a raise. Maybe you start a new business. Maybe you challenge your partner to live more fully and lovingly. Or maybe it will lead you to take a risk that leads to a new discovery about yourself.

Who knows?

All we know is that when we view the world through the lens of “optimization,” it creates a land of mysterious and unknown possibilities.

Think about it. Give it a try. See what you discover.

 

Quick Tip Look Who’s Talking…
The next time you find yourself wondering ‘why’ something is happening in your life, remember to redefine optimism and ask yourself this power question…“What if this is happening for my highest good?”

And then ask this follow up power question…

“If this IS happening for my highest good, does it make sense for me to relax and let go of my struggle against it?”

When you ask yourself these 2 questions you are instantly reminded of the support and power of the Universe. Remember, you don’t have to know WHY something is happening, you just need to know that you are supported and loved by the Universe.

“Thanks for your support.

So good to listen to the many great speakers you interview who are helping others to live in authenticity in these very exciting times.”

– Shirley Z.


 

 


19 Responses to “Redefining Optimism”

  1. Barbara says:

    It is wonderful to see an article that is about looking at life with an optimistic way of looking at life. Thank you so much. It is time for all of us in the world to turn our life into optimistic point of view.
    Barbara

  2. Calwyn says:

    You have discussed the word’OPTIMIZATION’ in it’s entirety but you have not acknowledged the fact that a deliberate creation of what you need is possible if you are to use the fundamentals of asking what you want with the heavy dose of emotional value given to what you want and this comes true when you are confident that it will come due to not doubtng but creating by faith.

    • Kristen says:

      Hi there!

      In this article we focus on Optimism – if you go through many of the other articles you will find discussions on deliberate creation and emotion and more to support what you have mentioned here.

      Thanks for being here!
      Kristen

  3. Todd says:

    Hi Kristen,

    As always, I love the articles that you share with those of us on our spiritual journey. I have been focusing on the universal connection that exists between all that is, both seen and unseen. I have been steadfast in my belief that everything, good and bad, begins with a thought, and grows through our beliefs. Once I recognized the obvious fact that everything we experience with our senses began with a thought or an innate intelligence I was hooked.
    I love taking the train into Manhattan and looking at all that man has built, and to realize that every detail of every building, street sign, billboard, bridge, vending cart, traffic light, etc., began as a vision which eventually became a real tangible useful thing.
    Once we can appreciate the reality of this truth, there is no turning back on the belief in the power of thought and visualization. These thoughts and beliefs are my form of optimism and optimization….

    • Kristen says:

      WOW – I love your way of looking at everything – even the ride into NYC (a ride I used to make too) – please come back and share more of your journey – it is so amazing to be a part of it!

      You are extraordinary!
      Kristen

  4. Karl says:

    That makes a lot of sense, you know. I have always thought that we should let it all in and only then let it all out. 🙂

  5. Esther Johnson says:

    Thank you so much!

    I have to read this article several more times and in different settings because there are so many messages I need to consider and allow different levels of awareness and awakening to emerge. SHIFTING IS DEFINITELY GOING ON!

    Awesome!

    • Kristen says:

      That’s GREAT! I love shift! 🙂

      Definitely come back and let me know how things are going – I can’t to hear more!

      Cheers!
      Kristen

  6. David says:

    Thank you Chris for your insights. BTW I always look forward to your post. I had the same insight again the other day [it takes many times for things to sink in] this entire universe is here to support me and help me and I am here to support and help the entire universe. The symbiosis of life to give and to grow.
    Bless you and your work, In-Joy
    David

    • Kristen says:

      Hi David! Thanks for being here – I’m so happy to hear that you look forward to my work – thanks for letting me know!

      I appreciate you!
      Kristen

  7. LuAnne says:

    You’ve given us a great way to explain to someone whose thinking runs more towards the negative how to start turning his/her thinking around to be more positive and how to optimize when things aren’t going so well! Thanks, Chris.

  8. Chris Cade says:

    Calwyn,

    Thank you for your comment. Your feedback has planted the seed within me to further expand upon the relationship between optimization and deliberate creation.

    Although Dr. Anthony doesn’t explicitly discuss this relationship within his “Secrets of Deliberate Creation” program, he does talk about the underlying principles of deliberate creation — principles which, if you truly and deeply understand — include optimization.

    This is particularly relevant when Dr. Anthony talks about how to align ourselves with our deepest truest desires (and not necessarily the ones our “ego” might be suggesting that we manifest), as well as blockages that may prevent us from experiencing that which we intend to deliberately create.

    If you don’t have his program, definitely check it out. It’s a good one 🙂 And if you do… now is a great time to listen to it again!

    (I think I’ll do that soon, too… loved it the first time, and it’s a program that is best listened to again periodically as we deepen into our inner journeys)

    ~ Chris

  9. Well, of course, I can’t think how breaking a bone in my right hand helps the world, but it does teach me that focusing on healing is better than focusing on the pain and frustration. 🙂

  10. anne macak says:

    More than once ‘ theUniverse’ has chased me.

  11. chris says:

    Hey Kristen thanks for the great article. it will bring me into a new awareness of being optimistic in the bigger scheme of things. My view of being optimistic is know on a bigger level.

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