Hard Optimism How to Succeed in a World Where Positive Wins

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-12-19
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill
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Price Pritchett, one of the world's most renowned thought leaders on corporate culture and organizational change, presents a groundbreaking program for developing the positive mental practices that will not only improve your performance on the job, but enhance the quality of every part of your life.Drawing upon research from the influential field of positive psychology, Pritchett shows you how to adopt hard optimism-a forward-thinking mindset that incorporates resilience, energy, innovation, and hope into the way you approach every task.Hard Optimismgives you 12 powerful, proven practices for reducing negative thinking and adopting the attitude of a winner-the keys to seizing opportunity, overcoming obstacles, and wielding a positive influence on the people around you.With the action steps outlined inHard Optimism, you'll discover how to: Recognize and dispute pessimistic thoughts Gain an edge by adopting an optimistic style to interpret events, both good and bad Use positive reappraisal to handle problems and disappointments Know how and when to use negative thinking to your advantage Play to your signature strengths Practice gratitude and forgiveness to fight off negativityBy taking a hard look at reality rather than sugarcoating it, by managing your thought processes to improve hard results, you'll master hard optimism and meet the challenges in every area of your career and life.

Author Biography

Price Pritchett is Chairman and CEO of Pritchett, LP, a leading consulting firm with offices in seven countries. For more than 30 years, Pritchett has researched, developed, and implemented proven approaches that help individuals and organizations in every type of business address their biggest challenges. His innovative methods have been adopted by thousands of companies around the world, including Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Dow Chemical, Johnson & Johnson, U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, and IBM.

Table of Contents

Control the life-shaping power of your thoughts and attitudesp. 5
Assess your current level of optimismp. 15
Develop the explanatory style of an optimistp. 25
Eliminate the explanatory style that pessimists usep. 35
Recognize and dispute pessimistic thoughtsp. 45
Use positive reappraisal to handle problems and disappointmentsp. 57
Make hope a habitp. 69
Know how and when to use negative thinkingp. 79
Practice gratitude and forgivenessp. 91
Play to your signature strengthsp. 103
Go for flowp. 115
Act the way you want to feelp. 127
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