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Debra Benton’s definition of optimism

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Most people view optimists as unrealistic people who refuse to see anything but the most positive things, even when everything seems hopeless.

That’s not a real optimist, according to Debra Benton, a leadership expert and executive coach. She says true optimists exhibit the following traits:
  • Momentum to move ahead, despite setbacks.

  • Conviction to be free of anxiety, insecurity and frustration.

  • Freedom to avoid acts that are pessimistic, nasty or narrow-minded.
You build effective optimism by realizing the seriousness of a situation, but never letting go of your internal belief that says, “I will prevail!”

--Adapted from Executive Charisma, Debra Benton, McGraw-Hill.

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