“If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.” – Peace Pilgrim

In a recent scientific study, it was determined the average individual has approximately 60,000 thoughts per day. Unfortunately, the same study suggested that 70% of them are negative. Is it a coincidence then that 70% of all illnesses are deemed psychosomatic? You can be happy or sad, optimistic or negative, hopeful or depressed. What do you choose? Whether you are consciously aware of it or not, you are choosing. You are in control.

In many businesses, especially in the Financial Services, there can be a tendency for skepticism. But is this not true in all businesses? In life? Are we not free to decide what path (or thoughts) to choose? Dr. Seligman did some very interesting scientific research on the need for courageous optimism. I would like to leave you with his thoughts.

Dr. Seligman wrote, “Why should we bother to learn to think optimistically? Isn’t pessimism just a posture with no real effects? Unfortunately not. I have studied pessimism for the last twenty years, and in more than one thousand studies, involving more than half a million children and adults, pessimistic people do worse than optimistic people in three ways; First, they get depressed much more often. Second, they achieve less at school, on the job and on the playing field, much less than their talents would suggest. Third, their physical health is worse than that of optimists. So holding a pessimistic theory of the world may be the mark of sophistication, but it is a costly one.”

People will search out the optimist. What does it feel like to be your client? Friend?