Being Eeyore - Leadership SHIFT Tip

When he loses his tail, he believes someone stole it. When Pooh wishes him a good morning, he doubts it. When he receives no birthday presents, he assumes his friends from The Hundred Acre Woods don’t care about him.

His glass is half empty at best.

That’s how Eeyore, our adorable pessimist, rolls.

Pessimism starts off as an innocent thought or two until it becomes normal. We like the sympathy and attention it attracts. But, over time, instead of protecting ourselves, being Eeyore pushes others away and prevents us from being our best.

I had a period when I could have passed for Eeyore. I was too focused on what I didn’t have and couldn’t do. Then I realized that I needed optimism to create a better tomorrow.

“Optimism is the most important human trait because it allows us to evolve our ideas, to improve our situation, and to hope for a better tomorrow.”
- Seth Godin.

With a perspective shift, we can begin to see the world as half full. Our story changes from “have to” to “get to,” and “don’t have and can’t do” become “have and can do.”

Optimism allows us to see the possibilities that create better tomorrows. And along the way, we may even help another Eeyore find his tail or at least a balloon to enjoy.

Have fun storming the castle.

michael obrien