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Web Workshop Optimist International1 Choosing Optimism as a Philosophy of Life A Skills Development Module by Michel Listenberger WEB-WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES To learn and to recognize the choices we have in adopting optimism as a philosophy To learn techniques to foster positive relationships
Web Workshop Optimist International2 Workshop Overview Optimist Self Assessment Quiz Promise and Commitment Developing Self-Esteem Sharing Optimism with Others Your Unique Gifts Your Mission for a better World Sample Materials
Web Workshop Optimist International3 An Introduction to Optimism OPTIMISM AND PESSIMISM Pessimism: “More than at any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.” - Woody Allen Optimism: Live a positive life and develop relationships guided by the “Optimist Creed” As Optimists we share a common philosophy and Creed that can lift our spirit, can lift the spirit of others, and can ultimately affect attitudes of all for a better World. The acquisition of “optimism” goes beyond acceptance into any organization. It is a journey, an endeavor to make a choice between optimism and pessimism in every situation we face and with every word we utter.
Web Workshop Optimist International4 I.Optimist Assessment Quiz Where are you Now? Complete this quiz to assess your personal reaction to situations. Usually Sometimes Seldom I am in control of my life._______________ My destiny is in my own hands._______________ I set goals for myself._______________ I achieve my goals._______________ I don’t abuse chemical substances._______________ I am at my ideal weight._______________ I have a positive mental attitude._______________ I value the benefits of being optimistic._______________ I greet each new day with anticipation_______________ I see the negatives but choose positives_______________ I don’t worry about yesterday_______________ I don’t get angry with those close to me_______________
Web Workshop Optimist International5 Optimist Assessment Quiz Continued Usually Sometimes Seldom I am not afraid of what others might say_______________ Every day I welcome new challenges_______________ I see positive solutions in difficult situations_______________ I can see myself achieving the things I want_______________ I learn by my mistakes_______________ I laugh with people, not at them_______________ I know what I can change and what I cannot_______________ I recognize that I have special talents and abilities_______________ I appreciate my friends and tell them of their value_______________ I smile when I meet someone_______________ I feel the power of optimism working in my life_______________ I am happy and make other happy_______________ I am making our world a better place to live_______________ Add up your score: 2 points for each “usually”, 1 point for each “sometimes” 0 points for “seldom.” Repeat this Self-Assessment Quiz in one month for comparison.
Web Workshop Optimist International6 What is Optimism? What is Optimism in your view? “the power of positive thinking?” What is the value of Optimism to you and to those around you? What specifically do you like about yourself?
Web Workshop Optimist International7 II. Choosing Optimism – Promise and Commitment In “Dreams and Deeds” the founders of Optimism made choices: Founders chose our first Optimist Club in Buffalo, NY in 1911 Optimist International formed in 1919 Louisville “Optimist Creed” adopted in 1922 in Kansas City For each of us life holds many choices. Choices can be as complex as choosing a career or as simple as how we greet every new day. Upon waking we can face the alarm with a smile, leap out of bed, throw open the window sash and say, “Good morning, God,” or we can curse the alarm, shun the new born sunlight and say, “Good God, it’s morning.” We can choose optimism or choose pessimism. To emphasize the fact that these choices may be conscious, pioneers of “Positive Mental Attitude” Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone consider the mind as carrying an invisible coin. The letters PMA are emblazoned on one side, and NMA (negative mental attitude) on the other. Choosing “Optimism” is choice, not chance.
Web Workshop Optimist International8 Pollyanna Optimism Of course, not every choice is easy, nor will every choice produce the results you hope simply because you take the positive tact. Pollyanna Optimism expects positive outcomes without regard for practicality. “There is a soft-headed type of thinking from the practical approach that brings success. Some people who believe things are getting better feel foolish when things get worse. As a result, they often become disillusioned and cynical. But tough-minded optimists are aware that they live in an imperfect world in which love ends, innocent people are cheated, and sick people die; the true optimist sees the negative possibilities but chooses the positive.” Alan Loy McGinnis in “The Power of Optimism.”
Web Workshop Optimist International9 Promise Yourself At one time you chose to be a member of Optimist International. You now have the opportunity to make a deeper commitment adopting and living its principles. You can promise yourself to not only recite, but to habitually live by the tenets of the “OPTIMIST CREED.” That is why we begin our Creed with “Promise Yourself.” The benefits you gain from our Creed are in direct proportion to your dedication to live by its tenets. “If it is to be, it is up to me!”
Web Workshop Optimist International10 III. Developing Self-Esteem Removing Barriers is part of developing a positive self-esteem. Individually List –things that you worry about –things that are causing anger –things that you fear –things that are causing trouble in your life Activity for Letting go Write on paper a personal worry, fear or trouble that you would like to get rid of right now Now fold it and tear it up and throw it away
Web Workshop Optimist International11 Don’t Sit on Your Buts Language as a barrier “But” is an argument for our limitations and a justification for retreat. Relatives of “But” –Could’ve, would’ve, should’ve done such and such Source: Les Brown Self-Talk Cycles Affirmations –If you say it –Your subconscious mind will believe it –And you will achieve it! Language of Affirmation –Use the pronoun “I” –Use present tense verbs –Use action modifiers
Web Workshop Optimist International12 Affirmation Exercises Change this negative “self-talk” to positive –I’m no good at remembering names. –Every time I talk with him we end up arguing. –I don’t know what’s wrong with me today. –I can’t seem to control my weight. –We tried that before and it didn’t work. Write something you would like to achieve in the next few weeks. Write something you would like to achieve in the next few weeks Write down one or more Affirmations about yourself that will set the stage for the realization of this goal.
Web Workshop Optimist International13 Seeing with the Mind’s Eye Visualization or Imaging is the ability to see something in the “mind’s eye.” “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve” - Napoleon Hill “To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.“ Exercises in “Seeing” Write a brief statement of the kind of person you would like to be. Close your eyes and picture yourself as that person.
Web Workshop Optimist International14 Never Give Up! To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best. Persistence moves mountains “If someone told you life was going to be one smooth, easy ride, I’ve got a special announcement; they lied!” –Les Brown “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” –Thomas Edison
Web Workshop Optimist International15 Failure Breeds Success Every failure teaches something: the more we fail the more we learn! Consider Abe Lincoln –Failed in Business –Defeated for Legislature –Failed in another business –Elected to legislature –Sweetheart died –Had a nervous breakdown –Defeated for Speaker –Defeated for Elector –Defeated for Congress –Defeated for Senate –Defeated for Vice President –Defeated for Senate –ELECTED PRESIDENT OF USA!
Web Workshop Optimist International16 Let the Past Pass “To forget the mistakes of the past and press on the the greater achievements of the future” Learn from our mistakes - remember the lesson but forget the incident “When life knocks you down, you should always try to land on your back because if you can look up, you can get up!” - Les Brown
Web Workshop Optimist International17 Peace of Mind To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. The Serenity Prayer: “Lord grant me the courage to change what can be changed, the patience to accept what cannot be changed, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Make two lists : Things you can change Things you cannot change
Web Workshop Optimist International18 IV. Sharing Optimism with Synergism To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet Founding concept was Networking –Mutual support of business and personal “Win-Win” Optimism –Traditional confrontation produces a “winner” and a “loser” –“Win-Win” looks for circumstances that allow all to win! Stephen Covey, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” Win-Win Exercise An Optimist member is inviting a friend to join his club. Set up a win-win situation for both: How does the friend win?How does the Optimist win?
Web Workshop Optimist International19 Friendships – Reciprocal Empowerment To make all your friends feel that there is something in them. Exercise: Tell the next three people you see what you like about them.
Web Workshop Optimist International20 Smile To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile. “You can’t get out of life alive. So why not enjoy it and help others to enjoy it as well.” – Les Brown Exercise: Give the next person you see your best smile and hold it for 4 seconds! Will they wonder what you’ve been up to or will they want to know what you know? “A Smile” by Monica Hunter (age 10) To give a smile means, “You’re O.K.” To get a smile will brighten your day. A smile can turn the world around, Or cheer up someone who’s feeling down. And, if you happen to disagree, Just give a smile and you will see!
Web Workshop Optimist International21 Humor as a Healer Laugh Therapy –Humor shows medical results Exercise: –Think of the funniest joke or story that you’ve heard lately. –Tell someone your joke (optional)
Web Workshop Optimist International22 Being Enthusiastic To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own Enthusiasm from Greek root “in God” –Showing an Enthusiastic spirit was showing a God-like quality that lived within that person’s soul Activity: List the signs of an Enthusiastic person. Can these be learned as part of your behavior?
Web Workshop Optimist International23 Attitude determines Altitude In aviation terminology “Attitude” is the upward or downward position of the nose of the aircraft. Altitude is how high the aircraft flies. –John Reel, Past International President With the “wind” of Optimism beneath your wings, you can fly high like an Eagle and “Soar with Optimism” –Charles Wiles, Past International President V. Your Uniqueness – Self-Concept To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
Web Workshop Optimist International24 Your Coat-of-Arms Write down your Current Strengths, talents, skills and assets Write down the strengths, skills and abilities you want to develop Your Personal Legacy; Write your mission for a better World!
Web Workshop Optimist International25 Your Mission for a Better World “This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one” “Will it provide: –Ultimate personal fulfillment? –Change in the lives of young people? –Foster a more caring community? –Will it make for a better World? The path of Optimism may not always be easy but it can define your worth as an individual
Web Workshop Optimist International26 The Optimist Creed Promise Yourself - To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet To make all your friends feel that there is something in them To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
Web Workshop Optimist International27 Choosing Optimism as a Philosophy of Life Repeat the Self-Assessment Quiz in one month. Compare any changes in attitude or behavior. The End