How 20/20 Vision in 2020 Can Birth Epic Outcomes

The optimist and the pessimist

Thomas E. McDaniels
Jan 18 · 4 min read
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Your vision test is complete and to your amazement you have 20/20 vision.

In today’s rating, 20/20 represents perfect vision.

But 20/20 is actually a term used for visual acuity in which the numerator refers to distance and the denominator refers to size.

20/20 vision means that you can read 20 size words from 20 feet away.

But as we know true vision is not just about what we see.

Vision equals seeing. But how we see life is bigger than having good eyesight. Yes, being able to see is vital.

But seeing life through the right focus is more vital

The age-old question; Is the glass half full or half empty? This simple metaphor defines how we see life.

Do we see life half empty of half full? The half empty folks live their lives with no ability to fill the glass. The half full folks spend their lives filling their glass and the glass of others.

Wikipedia says:

“Is the glass half empty or half full?” is a common expression, a proverbial phrase, generally use rhetorically to indicate that a particular situation could be a cause for pessimism (half empty) or Optimism (half full), or as a general litmus test to simply determine an individual’s worldview.[1] The purpose of the question as construed by Oliver et. al. is to demonstrate that the situation may be seen in different ways depending on one’s point of view, and that there may be an opportunity in the situation as well as troubles point of view and that there may be an opportunity in the situation as well as the trouble.

How a person sees the glass determines their point of view. It is also amazing that 2 people raised in the same house under the same circumstances have different views.

“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”
— Alphonse Karr

This is a positive way to look at a not so positive reality.

Some people see the positive in a situation, and others see the negative.

Optimist and pessimists are 2 sides of the same coin. They are both people. An optimist is one who looks at the brighter side of life. They are positive in all areas of life.

A pessimist looks at the negative side of life. We consider them negative. But, that is a negative view. Get it?

Neither the pessimist nor the optimist is better than the other, and we need both. Let’s not concern ourselves with which is better.

We can determine how both optimist and pessimist arrive at their positions.

1. Focus

Optimist focus on positive things. An optimist focus is razor sharp and fixed on hearing, seeing, and creating a positive environment. This separates them from the pessimist.

Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

A picture on our iPhone is proof of where we focused the phone. Whatever we focus on develops as the picture. This is true in life.

Let your eyes look straight ahead. And your eyelids look right before you. Ponder the path of your feet and let all your ways be established. Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil. (Proverbs 4:25–27, NKJV)

Our focus develops our future. We naturally move toward wherever we fix our focus. When focusing on the solutions, we develop a strategy to fix the problem. Focus determines the outcome.

To focus on a negative thing is not always a bad thing. An optimist uses negatives to solve problems. An optimist consumed or focused on a negative situation will use that focus to birth change.

Some negatives are necessary

There is no reason to pretend that optimists never deal with negativity. They do. But they deal with it differently than the pessimist.

We can avoid the pessimist pitfalls.

Ayodeji Awosika said:

Life throws a lot of negativity at you. If you try to pretend, it doesn’t exist and force yourself to “think positive” you will never address the root cause of your discontent in a useful way.

Negative emotions are signals that something is wrong. Often, negative emotions are signaling you to act. To be better. To find a different path. Instead of ignoring negative emotions — they’re not going away soon — why not use them to your advantage?

Yes. We can use negative challenges to our advantage.

“The more you choose to focus on the positive, the more positive will come into focus. The choice is yours.”
― Charles F. Glassman

The goal is to view life in 2020 with 20/20 vision over life situations and expect epic outcomes.

Both the optimist and the pessimist can use their life view toward positive results.

Thank you for reading this post. You can find other inspiring articles on my website.

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