Theory U and opticism
“A case for optimism” is an inspiring video by Tiffany Shlain. Opticism is optimism with a healthy dose of skepticism: a “questioning attitude towards knowledge, facts, or opinions/beliefs stated as facts, or doubt regarding claims that are taken for granted elsewhere.” Let’s become an “opticist”: Let’s not be naive, but let’s focus consciously on the half full glass and see how we can fill it even further…
The world in general has become less violent, but watching the news things seem to have become worse. When we look at negative things all the time, they could become a self-fulfilling prophecy. We may become discouraged and act accordingly. We could develop an attitude of cynicism: we believe that people are motivated purely by self-interest; we become distrustful of human sincerity or integrity. And we will see the evidence to confirm this world view everywhere.
Especially if we are tired and stressed-out. If you check your email 26 times an hour – what happens to your adrenaline levels…? Thus, what happens to the way you perceive the world? You get restless, your organism is aroused: it is hurry and fight-or-flight. You arrive in a mind set of danger and empty glasses everywhere.