A pessimist expects the worst and usually produces it. Dead end, blind alley negativism sees unchangeable past events and an unmanageable future. By casting oneself as a martyred victim, one absolves oneself of responsibility for finding an answer and for the hard work of implementing a solution.
Positivism is not blind to the problems of the world nor does it assume the problems magically will disappear. Positivism is not rose-colored glasses or being a Pollyanna. Positivism simply assumes that a good frame of mind is a better place to start than a negative one. Assuming failure is an excellent start to creating failure.
Being a positive problem solver does not assure success but it certainly increases the likelihood of success. Most people will rally around, support, and work with a confident, positive person. And being positive generally makes you a more pleasant person to be around!
“The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”
“A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.” — Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” — Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
“There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.” — W. Clement Stone (1902-2002)