Optimism Works ~ Make Realistic Optimism Work for You

With realistic optimism, you don’t just expect the best and hope that things will go well. Nor do you let yourself see and expect only the worst. Instead, you look at the “big picture,” the good and the bad. You then:

    • Decide what is realistic to expect.
    • Decide what you can do to make things go as well as possible.
    • Choose to focus on the positives, and on your strengths, as you go forward.

For example, let’s say you are about to have a knee surgery. You can choose to be optimistic about your recovery, rather than let fear or hopelessness take hold. Imagine how you want to feel 6 or 12 months after surgery—strong and active. Picture what you want to be doing, how you want to be moving around. Keep these positive, hopeful pictures in your mind.

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Note: I had both hips replaced in 2022. My left hip was replaced two and half months ago. I practiced realistic optimism, worked hard in my pre hab and post hab exercises. I am back to full strength and full activity and have been for over a month. Optimism worked for me to get me back to the gym and being physically active. It can work for you as well.

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