Optimist or Pessimist?

This topic for a blog post (optimist or pessimist) popped into my head last Thursday night as I was driving home from teaching BodyStep. I think it was because once again I was thinking about the new participants and how I was surprised that they actually enjoyed my class. Yes, I am a pessimist.

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But I think I’m a strategical pessimist.

See I have a theory and maybe it’s a totally depressing theory but in high school and uni it particularly worked for me. Always expect the worst. Ha. Wow, that sounds horrible right.

But by expecting the worst I would 9 out of 10 times rise above and feel totally amazing when I did wayyyy better than what I expected. And to me that definitely trumps expecting to go well and then not- that really sucks.

I don’t know why I do it but I do. It’s probably not the healthiest mindset to have that’s for sure, and I’m guessing says a lot about how I see myself.

Nonetheless I always like to have everything on the table and thought it’d be an interesting topic of conversation. Of course I always love hearing your thoughts on stuff like this also.

However, thinking pessimistically (new word?) doesn’t always work like the above example. Sometimes it can actually put me into a panic of anxiety and stress, and negatively affect me and my experiences.

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But that probably highlights a difference between a genuine pessimistic attitude and an ‘artificial’ one that I use just in case (for whatever self esteem issues), when maybe deep down I know things will be okay?

So what are you pessimist or optimist? Or maybe a realist. I’d say I hover around the pessimist and realist categories. My mum on the other hand is hung ho optimist! She says it’s the ‘pisces’ in her ha!

2 comments

  1. Lol! I do exactly what you do… Except that I take it one step further and have a B Plan in place just in case I fail ;)

    Thanks for the incentive to get back to the gym, I am only managing twice a week, but it is a start.

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