Run Toward the Roar

Run Toward
the Roar

Episode 13


Optimism is more than positive thinking, but its required to Thrive

October 12, 2023


We grow up learning about optimism and pessimism, yet we really do not understand their definition as they relate to how we can thrive in life.

In this episode of Run Toward The Roar, John talks about the real meaning of optimism and how it is so much more than positive thinking. John gives us an analysis of how worry affects us, physically and mentally, as well as an easy-to-drink visualization of what we are focusing on in our minds.

Learn about refining our optimism, and a very clear distinction between control, lead, and power to help guide us in finding a healthy balance and the clarity to get star

What to expect in this episode:

  • 00:30 – How worry works on our mind.
  • 04:25 – The benefits of worry
  • 06:53 – What we focus our minds on.
  • 10:14 – The Stockdale Paradox
  • 11:55 – Growth and Optimism
  • 14:13 – The construct of self-efficacy
  • 16:19 – Refining our optimism, reframing the setbacks.
  • 21:06 – Difficulty of finding a healthy balance
  • 24:46 – On Control, Lead, and Power.
  • 28:25 – Inspirational stories with clients
  • 34:34 – Your locus of control

About John Robertson

John Robertson is one of the leading Coaches, Consultants, and Speakers that Leaders in the workplace look to “when things start to feel like they’re falling apart” due to issues with their staff, support systems, and company “ethos” (character and habit driven behaviors that either make or break an organization during times of crisis). Find out more about his THRIVE-based Books, Training, and Resources here.

Driven by a “recognition of others’ strengths” and a deep-seated faith in their ability to find their way through even the most challenging of times— John creates an intensely inspiring environment for recovery, optimization, and triumph.

With over 30 years of experience leading large groups through his involvement in the church alongside shepherding public-service organizations (such as Townships, Firefighters, Police, and First Responders) through their own points of crisis and transition, John is counted on time and time again as “the steady voice of reason during even the most challenging of storms”.

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About the book

If you would like to follow along in an easy format please go to Amazon and purchase a copy of the book Run Toward The Roar: Transforming Crisis and Change into the Opportunity to Thrive, as that is the theme that we will be building on.

If you’re willing to please send me an e-mail, I would like to send you chapter one of the discovery guide so that I can encourage you in the thinking of this journey.

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