Originally Posted by Scimitar
What.. To me optimism is to be positive and have good thoughts of the future, and have hope in Allah, trust Allah, etc. Have good thoughts about Qadr.
Say that you have 3-4 exams coming up. You rely on Allah, trust Allah, and do your best, thinking positively. Obviously, thinking that you, and you alone, can make something happen, without the help of Allah, is kufr and deception.
Be like, no matter what hardships I go through, and one should know that one will be tried, but the loser is one who fails his hardships, and the winner is one who overcomes it.
The trial may be that you failed in an Exam, what you do afterwards is what matters.