Glass Half Empty?
A few years ago I thought of myself as a “glass half empty” kind of thinker. I started reading some books such as Love Your Life, by Victoria Osteen, and Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude, by Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone. I realized that my negative thinking was affecting my life. I also knew that it would take some work on my part to get rid of that negativity tape that kept running through my head. But I really wanted to take on that challenge. I wanted to become someone who loved life simply because I was alive.
Nah, Glass Half Full
So today, I think of myself as a glass half full kind of person. I may not always like my circumstances, but I’ve worked to improve my attitude toward those circumstances. And I really believe that God has the right thing in mind for me, even if I may not agree right at that moment. When I do get those blue moods, I don’t think of them in terms of “Oh, I’m never gonna feel any better.” They are simply short term moods.
Beginning my day with optimism starts me off on the right foot. If I wake up on the pessimistic side of the bed, well, I might as well just get back under those blankets and hide out for the day!
Living an Optimistic Life
I recently read a post by Henrik Edberg, author of The Positivity Blog – like me, he believes that pessimism halts you in your tracks. Henrik goes on to write about what he calls the 6 Fundamentals of an Optimistic Life. I particularly like his point that we need to “shape the input,” in other words, think about what we let get into our heads, what we watch on television, even what kind of people we have in our lives.
I also agree with Henrik that we need to be nice to ourselves. Before I built my optimistic outlook, I would get angry at myself for small mistakes and expect myself to be “perfect” by saying and doing the right thing all the time (impossible, right?). I’ve learned to be kinder to me, quit second-guessing myself, and accept my flaws.
Finally, to keep pessimism at bay, I thank God daily for all the good I have in my life, and think about what I want to accomplish – this keeps me moving forward.