I’ve always considered myself to be an optimist and I truly believe in the power of positive thinking. Christian D. Larson’s famous poem “Promise Yourself,” also known as the Optimist Creed is what I strive for on a daily basis and would encourage everyone else to do as well.
Have you ever wondered how some people that have so little or have had to endure many hardships but still always seem to be so happy? Maybe it’s because they are optimists and above all else, they can relate to the last line of this very powerful poem “To live in faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you.” Those who truly believe that are probably better equipped to overcome whatever comes their way and keep moving towards their goals.
What about those that have so much yet are always in a bad mood and only see the negative in everything? Imagine how their lives would change if they followed these promises. These promises can not only help us live a more fulfilling personal life but also succeed in our professional life.
Promise Yourself To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet. To make all your friends feel that there is something in them. To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. To think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best. To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile. To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble. To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words but great deeds. To live in faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you. Christian D. Larson - The Optimist Creed
I certainly struggle to keep these “promises” but I think it’s important that we do not lower our standards and strive to fulfill these promises every day. We are not perfect and will most likely fail daily at being the best we can be but every day is a chance to try again!
I can’t think of any drawbacks to these promises, can you? Why don’t we try a little experiment and, whether you are an optimist or not, try to start each day with these promises. Who knows, maybe you’ll start noticing some positive changes in your life. Send me a message and share your experience with me!
I encourage you to take a look at the following video for some motivation!