Realistic Thinking and Optimistic Thinking. Usually people see things from a realistic point of view. This is a mistake most of the time.
Because we focus on the steps necessary to accomplish any task.
This generates a thought about the time required, the fatigue that is acquired and even the amount of monetary investment.
Let’s start by touching on the points that distinguish these two realities.
In our post on emotional intelligence we have touched on these kinds of feelings. You can check it out if you like!
Have you ever thought about this rivalry? “Realistic Thinking and Optimistic Thinking”
The usual way of thinking. The way of seeing things from a methodical point of view and through a mental “list”. This way establishes a predetermined sense in the way of doing and seeing things.
It places the events to be carried out as separate tasks that finally achieve an integral task.
Going to a clear example, we could say that the body moves individually but acts as a whole. This is due to the signals it receives from the brain.
Passing it to the solely mental realm, it works in a similar way in realistic thinking. We can notice that we must perform separate tasks for an integral good.
Now let’s see it from the negative or pessimistic side. Let us think about all the effort that this generates to us, the time that we must invest and in some cases the amounts of money that we must tolerate to be invested in a business (for example).
What causes this way of thinking?
This way of thinking assures us of negative emotions and of a malicious nature for our daily life. The realistic way is the clear way to see things and do them. It gives us the information that the real world provides for the resolution of such issues. It also assures us a clue of what could happen before any action, that is our brain anticipating.
But many people will say that the negative/pessimistic viewpoint should not lead to realistic thinking. So now let’s pose the situation where we are undertaking a new task and we are excited, we put our energies and encouragement into this new activity.
After a few days, months and even a few years, we realize that something is not working as we would like it to and we begin to suspect the effectiveness of all the time and effort invested (or money as well).
But what do you think?
What about Realistic thinking and Optimistic thinking? That person just stopped trying because of their subjective and realistic point of view! This person has given up what he liked best, what made him happy, what motivated him every day to continue.
All of this flowered from a barrage of possible negative emotions about the coordinated activities to be done and the time to achieve the precious goal he once set for himself.
By definition, optimism is the condition to visualize things from a positive point of view. This does not mean that reality cannot be seen in another way.
There is a clear distinction between seeing things realistically and seeing them in a way that is not.
Optimism is on a higher level, placing itself in realism but seeing it from the final point of the objective. This means that it focuses on the goods you will obtain after such activities or events.
For realism as we said before, the worst enemy is the vision and projection of time as something prolonged. Something tedious that perhaps has an end but the positive emotions that the result provokes are anticipated and enter into conflict.
What happens next?
Thus generating a climate of impatience, haste and other negative emotions that lead most of the time to abandonment. After these sensations come even worse ones. They are characterized by being full of hate, anger and sadness. These are fed by the craving for immediate results as we said before.
Most people have this drawback because they believe they are on the wrong path or because they still need to learn to achieve something that involves the execution of acquired knowledge.
That is when optimistic thinking must become present.
How to fight against negative thoughts?
Tali Sharot (professor of cognitive neuroscience), states that “The negative aspect is that they underestimate the risks”.
A study done at College University states that optimistic thoughts extend life, reduce the risks of heart dysfunction and death in general.
Clearly this goes hand in hand with what has been described so far, realistic and negatively interpreted thinking leads to mental and physical health problems. On the contrary, reverse thinking produces a better use of life on Earth.
An ideal way to combat negative thoughts is to write them down somewhere and read them.
As we mentioned in our post on “Emotional Intelligence”, we must accept our emotions for better analysis.
Does this really work?
It may seem strange, although it is more normal than it seems. Writing down our thoughts somewhere helps us process this information better and use our thinking side to interpret what is happening to us. To act accordingly we must find the opposite of our symptoms (e.g. anxiety/quietness, panic/calm).
This exercise will make us improve our interpretation, no longer from one side of the feeling but from an analytical point of view.
“A calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so it is very important for good health” – Dalai Lama