Optimism: Recognize It & 3 Ways to Fuel It

Legal business development demands optimism and the posture of possibility. So what does that look like? How do we avoid the downward spiral? How do we block out the naysayers? How can we focus on optimism?

Seth Godin explains the possibility of optimism…

“Is the glass half full or half empty?

The pessimist sees what’s present today and can only imagine eventual decline. The glass is already half empty and its only going to get worse.

The optimist understands that there’s a difference between today and tomorrow. The glass is half full, with room for more. The vision is based on possibility, the future tense, not the present one.

Pessimists have trouble making room for possibility, and thus possibility has trouble finding room for pessimists.

As soon as we realize that there is a difference between right now and what might happen next, we can move ourselves to the posture of possibility, to the self-fulfilling engine of optimism.”

Yes, business development demands optimism and the posture of possibility, for there is no guarantee or promise of results. To help you out, I have 3 tips that can fuel your optimism with possibility and add to the glass that is half full.

  1. Build relationships that matter.
  2. Follow-up is essential and adds fuel to your networking.
  3. Do something every single day.

In 2018 hold on to optimism and don’t let pessimism be the reason you have trouble growing your practice. Let possibility light the way!

Written by Paula Black

Paula Black

"I will help you figure out a way to have a thriving practice... doing what you love... while having a great life outside of work." Does that sound too good to be true? It's not. I've helped hundreds of lawyers do exactly that. I believe that one can find harmony between work, family, and play. I've seen it happen, time and time again, and I know that it can happen for you, too. I believe that you really can "have it all"... joy in every area of your life, including work! If that sounds appealing to you, contact me today to set up a complimentary coaching session. You CAN build a thriving practice while finding joy and fulfillment along the way!