“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.” — Henry David Thoreau

Pessimists are more accurate and realistic than optimists. But optimists succeed four to five times more than pessimists, because they keep trying.

Optimism is a better choice.

But the real key is to develop your psychological strength and resilience. The goal is to feel bigger than anything that can happen to you. It’s your psychological strength that will carry you through when times get tough.

In a seminar on Financial Freedom: 3 Steps to Creating and Enjoying the Wealth You Deserve, Tony Robbins shares key insights on the power of emotional and psychological strength.

Your Psychological Strength Will Carry You

Mechanics will only get you so far. If you don’t have the emotional or psychological strength to stick with it, you might get bored or give up.

Here’s what Tony Robbins says in his seminar:

Pessimists are Much More Realistic than Optimists

Pessimists are really accurate, where optimists are not. But is that a good thing? It would be if it didn’t hold them back.

Here’s what Robbins says in his seminar:

Optimism is a Better Choice

If you want accuracy, check with a pessimist. If you want results, find an optimist. The optimist will keep going and will get over the humps and hurdles that will hold the pessimists back.

Here’s what Robbins says in his seminar:

You Are Larger Than Anything That Can Happen to You

You don’t have to pretend to be an optimist. You can keep it real. The key is to rise above whatever challenge comes your way, by building an internal resilience that helps you stand strong when you need it.

Here’s what Robbins says in his seminar:

You’re better than you think you are, if you think you are.

Rise and shine.

This article originally appeared on Sources of Insight

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