This week’s quote of the week comes from author and Professor of Psychology at the University of California- Riverside, Sonya Lyubomirsky who said…
All that is required to become an optimist is to have the goal and to practice it. The more you rehearse optimistic thoughts, the more ‘natural’ and ‘ingrained’ they will become. With time they will be part of you, and you will have made yourself into an altogether different person.
I choose this quote because it represents my life experience. In 2010 I was at the end of the line, my world was spinning out of control and I was consumed day in and day out with negative thoughts.
It was suffocating, no matter where I turned I saw hardship, and for every hardship I had to deal with I passed the buck. I blamed everything under the sun but myself. To say I was a pessimist would be an understatement.
I was more like Patrick Johnson, Lord High Commander of the Galactic Empire of Pessimism! There literally wasn’t a day that went by where I wasn’t spewing negativity. It got to the point where enough was enough and I had to change.
So I did exactly what Sonya said, I set a goal to be an optimist! Everyday I began to practice thinking and being positive. It started out small, with me taking 60 to 90 seconds to craft a quick tweet with the hashtag #PosiTweet.
Then day after day, week after week, it grew. It turned into multiple tweets a day, then longer Facebook posts. Then one I created a “Posi-Pad”, where I had a notebook I carried around and whenever anyone said anything positive to me I’d write it down in my pad and once a week I’d review all the nice things people say to me.
Now I am known in my circles as “Mr. Positive” or the “Happy Guy” people can’t even remember the pessimistic version of me… and it all happened because 5 years ago I set a goal to be more optimistic.
Anything about your life, you can change it. All it takes is making the decision, setting the goal and that taking one small action every single day to get you closer to your goal.