Episode 192

Cultivating Optimism

September 4, 2018

Staying positive is something we really rally and try to do, but sometimes things don’t go as you’ve planned—especially when you’re starting or growing a business—and fraudy feelings can get in the mix. So today we’re sharing our tips and tactics for cultivating optimism and staying positive when you’re feeling pessimistic or falling into the comparison trap.

Episode Transcript
"I find that sometimes I'm able to cultivate positivity when I have a new challenge to tackle that doesn't feel completely overwhelming."
- Kathleen Shannon

Discussed in this Episode

  • Optimism vs. pessimism
  • Daily things you can do to cultivate positive feelings
  • Staying positive through business failures
  • Setting intentions and leaning into your intention to get yourself out of a funk
  • Learning to trust the process
  • Being realistic vs. being a pessimist
  • Staying positive when you're falling into the comparison trap
  • Finding inspiration
  • Feeling like everyone is doing what you're doing and the fraudy feelings that come with a saturated market
  • Dealing with copycats
  • Will it matter in 500 years?

Resources Mentioned

Hosts + Guests

Emily Thompson
Emily Thompson


Almanac Supply Co

Kathleen Shannon
Kathleen Shannon


Braid Creative