That’s because words are symbols for what lies in our minds, both consciously and subconsciously.
As we live more consciously, our subconscious is also affected.
Today, I’m going to look at the word “optimism” and how you can redefine it to bring the most benefit to your life.
Why Redefinition is Important
In most contexts, we think of optimism as assuming a positive outcome.
The first definition in a dictionary supports this view:
“A tendency to expect the best possible outcome or dwell on the most hopeful aspects of a situation.”
In other words, it’s an expectation that the future will be ideal. What’s missing from this equation, though, is context.
Who exactly decides what is “more ideal” or “best possible outcome” or “hopeful aspects?”
Is it your ego? How does that compare if somebody else’s ego disagrees?
Each player has practiced for many years and has a variety of excellent techniques to defeat their opponents. Yet only one can win.
Therefore, we have to ask — does optimism serve them both? Sure they both can expect to win. Both can prepare to win. But since only one can win, this view of optimism is limited.
Let’s explore a different way of looking at optimism through the lens of two other definitions:
(a) “The doctrine that this world is the best of all possible worlds.”
(b) “The belief that the universe is improving and that good will ultimately triumph over evil.”
Regardless of whether we look at it from the perspective of good versus evil or the best of all possible worlds, I certainly resonate with both of these definitions.
But what if instead of viewing the world as inherently “good or evil”…you view it in terms of “optimization?”
What if instead of asking “Why do bad things happen to good people?” you ask, “How might this experience be optimized for the greatest benefit?”
This perspective makes a lot more sense when we consider the definitions of “optimize:”
(a) “To make as effective, perfect, or useful as possible.”
The Big Questions
In this view, it’s no longer about being hopeful or optimistic in the traditional sense. It’s not about thinking as positively as possible about our own unique situation.
You’re challenged to ask bigger questions.
Questions that go beyond just what our egos want to say about how an “ideal” situation looks. You can think about optimization in a larger sense.
You can consider how your own personal experience might be contributing to a larger whole.
It’s often said “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Thus, if you are the parts of a whole, it stands to reason that your personal “optimizations” are contributing to the whole…
And often in ways you can’t know or comprehend.
Experiencing Optimism Differently
When we step the ego aside for a little while, we have an opportunity to experience optimism in this new way.
Experiences, however personal they are, however difficult they are, might just be a doorway through which the Universe is optimizing itself.
The interesting thing about optimization is that you can’t know what it looks like. Some might say that an optimized car might go faster in a shorter time period.
That is true.
However, an optimized car also might use less resources, be lighter, recycle easier, be easier to drive, or have an awesome stereo.
All of those are ways in which optimization for a vehicle could happen. Yet if you only focus on making faster cars, you lose out on the possibility that there’s many ways to optimize a car.
Or maybe, while trying to optimize a car a totally different technology is discovered…perhaps giving rise to a new supercomputer or flying saucer technology.
The Optimizing Nature of the Universe
There are lots of accidental discoveries in the world. It happens all the time. Perhaps it’s because the Universe seems to have an optimizing nature about it.
But it seems that there’s something about experiences that gives us the opportunity to optimize personally and as a collective.
Similarly, there’s also different ways to optimize your life. You can’t know exactly what “more confidence” will look like in your life.
And yet, as you develop your confidence more fully, your life optimizes as a consequence.
Maybe you engage more socially. Maybe you ask for a raise. Maybe you start a new business. Maybe you challenge your partner to live more fully and lovingly.
Or maybe it will lead you to take a risk that leads to a new discovery about yourself.
When you view the world through this inclusive and expansive perspective of “optimization,” it creates a land of mysterious and unknown possibilities.
Think about it. Give it a try and see what you discover.
And there are many more effective tips and techniques you can use to influence your subconscious mind to enjoy more happiness, health and wealth in your life.
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About the Author:
He was interviewed in 2011 by NY Times best-selling author Janet Attwood on her “Dialogues With the Masters” series.
Today, Chris helps transform the lives tens of thousands of people in over 150 different countries.
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