Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Optimism is about choosing to see things in a positive way

An open letter to all Northern Ohio players 

Occasionally, we feel the need to reach out to all of you about a topic of impact to you.  This week's Blog about Optimism / Attitude is one of those times.  We have borrowed heavily from Chris Widener and his book The Art of Influence for this piece.  It is a great book and an easy read (Hint!).

In life and lacrosse many things go wrong.  When most people have something go wrong they ask the question why did this happen to me? or why does this always happen to me?  Instead they need to ask the positive and optimistic question What good can come from this?  This will allow you to better focus on improving your future rather than reliving your past

A good way to remember optimism is to focus on its roots.  Opt is the root word and it should trigger two thoughts. First, you should remember that you have to opt to do something. You chose to do it.   Therefore optimism is not something that happens to you but a choice you make.

Second Opt should remind you of an Ophthalmologist, the person who helps you to see better.  So Opt in this sense is about how you see the world around you.

Put them together and you find that optimism is about choosing to see things in a positive way.  You can choose to believe that good things will happen and that the future will be better than the present.  The choice is yours and yours alone.

Good luck with your upcoming seasons.

The BR Staff