Great expectations…

“When I wake up, I expect things to be good. If they’re not, then I try to set about trying to make them as good as I can ’cause I know I’m gonna have to live that day anyway. So why not try to make the most of it if you can? Some days, they pan out a little better than others, but you still gotta always just try.”

Dolly Parton

Starting the day expecting good things allows you to see the best in everyone, in yourself, and in the world in general. Amazing how this perspective can become a self fulfilling prophecy. You get from life whatever you expect from it. Set that expectation wisely.

Optimism is the foundation of achievement…

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.”

Helen Keller

Throughout life I have found that having an optimistic attitude and achieving long-term success are positively correlated. It is really hard to achieve anything if one has a negative attitude or perspective on how things are going to turn out.

What is your natural tendency? Do you have an optimistic view towards the future and faith that all things will progress for the better? Optimism that there is a better way and a better day is the foundation of all achievement. Without it, no one would ever try to make anything better.

Be careful, how we approach the future can become a self-fulfilling prophecy…

Multiplier for good…

“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”

Colin Powell

Have you ever noticed that those who are perpetually optimistic also seem to be perpetually happy? Their optimism effects those around them and they just seem to be surrounded by good things. Positive things just seem to happen to and for them.

The “glass half full” attitude is a choice. We can either choose to see the world, and what happens in that world, as a blessing or a curse. Either way things happen and how we react to it them is entirely up to us. When we choose positivity then good things happen. When we choose negativity, then we see only the bad things.

Be a force multiplier not only for yourself, but for those around you. Your optimism can and will be contagious. That contagion is how the force will be multiplied.

A life worth living…

“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”

Oprah Winfrey

Are you focused on creating a life based on “getting” or “giving?” No matter how much you accumulate, it is never enough. By the same token, no matter how much you give, you can always give more.

The key is to think about how you feel AFTERWARDS. Which perspective makes you feel full and alive, and which one leaves you feeling empty and needing more…?

I choose…

“Optimists enrich the present, enhance the future, challenge the improbable and attain the impossible.”

William Arthur

When something happens you can always choose to see the negative, the bad, the downside. But seeing the world this way won’t create change. Seeing the world through this lens won’t move the mountains that might just need to be moved. Instead…

I choose to see the world through the lens of what might be…

I choose to see the world that isn’t yet, but could be…

I choose to see a future that is different, boldly different…

I choose a life of more, because that is the only way change will ever happen…

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