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Daily Decision Number 4: The Optimist

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

(One in a series of posts related to decisions we must make.)

You must decide today whether you will be an OPTIMIST.

The OPTIMIST chooses to see the world in a positive light.

Beyond just the hackneyed "glass half full" phrase, the optimist believes that, in all likelihood, things will work out and that oneís MINDSET has much to do with how things work out.

The optimist believes that despite the current state of affairs, there is HOPE for the future.

Today might not be such a great day - stuff happens - but the optimist knows there's every reason to believe that he will be able to ford any stream that blocks his path.

The optimist chooses to view the future as what IS POSSIBLE rather than DREADING THE INEVITABLE.

Being OPTIMISTIC doesn't mean being UNREALISTIC.

Rather the optimist clearly sees the current situation and possible paths forward and thinks that a better, more positive future is possible. The optimist focuses on the POSSIBILITIES rather than the IMPEDIMENTS to moving forward.

The optimist sees that doubt and despair don't improve things.

Let me repeat that: The optimist sees that doubt and despair DONíT improve things.

While the pessimist sits by and expects things to fail, expects the worst and is unsurprised when the worst happens, the optimist recognizes that things donít have to fail and the worst doesnít have to happen. The optimist, too, sees that there is CONSIDERABLE STRENGTH in DECIDING to FOCUS on what CAN be done rather than what canít.

The optimist recognizes that he is far stronger than he thinks.
The optimist trusts that POSITIVITY in the face of a challenge will provide him with strength.
The optimist knows that most of the time things work out.
And for the times when they donít... the optimist is heartened by the fact they arenít the norm. He knows that life isnít always sunny and bright but it isnít always dreary and gray either.

Todayís the day to decide to be an optimist.
Todayís the day to stop looking at everything as an unclimbable mountain.
Todayís the day to realize that challenges CAN be overcome and goals CAN be reached.

Decide to be an optimist.

And make it a great day!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CHOOSE2LOSE2014 6/6/2013 11:26AM

    Hey Matt another good Blog...I havnt been very optimistic and Ive allowed myself to treat myself badly..Today I want to , no change that Im determined to be my Own Hero...This Battle has beaten me down for so long its time for VICTORY....Have a Good Spark Day.... emoticon

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REGILIEH 5/22/2013 3:31PM

    AMEN!!! AMEN!!! AMEN!!! emoticon

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GEHUGHES 5/22/2013 9:07AM

    I have really enjoyed your series. Thanks for writing it and sharing with with all of us. I have written each word on a piece of paper and carried the paper in my pocket to remind me of your messages throughout the day.

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DALID414 5/21/2013 10:16PM

    Some days are harder than others, but I try to be.

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MICKEYH 5/21/2013 9:25PM

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KARRENLYNN 5/21/2013 5:52PM

    You are right and I choose to be an optimist!

Have a great week, Matt!


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KARENCRANER 5/21/2013 12:04PM

    The power of positive thinking is enormous! Thanks for the reminder, Matt!

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SUGAR0814 5/21/2013 11:07AM

    Great blog! Thanks! emoticon emoticon

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MATTEROFHEART 5/21/2013 10:58AM

    emoticon Really needed to hear this today! I am going to print it out and hang it next to my computer at work!

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DOVESEYES 5/21/2013 10:44AM

    So needed this glad you are back!!! emoticon

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