Dynamic Optimism

by David Musick

When I consider the future, I do not passively sit back and believe everything will turn out alright. I realize that I have great influence over the course my life takes. I believe most events our out of my control, and I cannot say with certainty that things will go well for me. But I do have the determination and am developing the discipline to influence whatever I can to cause things to work for my benefit.

Dynamic Optimism is about shifting the odds in our favor. It's not about sitting back passively and believing that things will turn out fine on their own. It's about taking an active role in reality and influencing whatever we can to nudge reality to be more the way we want it to be.

Dynamic Optimism is about taking advantage of whatever opportunities present themselves to us, rather than letting them slip away, untouched.

Dynamic Optimism is about training oneself to make good decisions when faced with choices. We cannot always control what selection of choices we have to choose among, but we can learn to consistently choose the best options of those available to us.

We don't know that things will turn out well for us, but we use our dynamic optimism to make the best of what we have. We are optimistic that we can improve our situations, whatever they are. We will find and create ways to improve our situations.

Dynamic Optimism is optimism in ourselves. We are optimistic that we are capable of improving things for ourselves. We are dynamic, flexible and innovative in our approaches to accomplishing our goals, and we are optimistic in our abilities to achieve our goals consistently.

- David Musick

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