Definition: Optimism is hopefulness about the future or the successful outcome of something. Pessimism is the tendency to see the worst aspect of things or believe that the worst will happen.
Symptoms: Pessimism creates a paralyzing emotional state in sports. Athletes usually start their matches with highly optimistic expectations, but a single unforced error can cause them to overthink everything and question themselves. Pessimism affects all of us at times, and we need to replace this self-imposed, detrimental thinking with a positive outlook.
Solutions: Bud Bilanich has cited the findings of Brian Tracy (www.briantracy.com) in his article entitled, “The Difference Between Optimists and Pessimists” at www.budbilanich.com, herein adapted to note that there are three basic differences in the reactions of optimists and pessimists.
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