Choosing Optimism

I am looking at the list I’ve started for the New Year. The very first entry on my list is the phrase,  “Be Optimistic.” That’s a plan I expect to follow because it has worked well for me in the past.

Not everyone believes that our attitude impacts our experience as completely as I do, but nearly everyone agrees that attitude is important.  There are plenty of studies to prove that optimistis have much better lives than pessimists. Even so, most people are happy or sad as a result of their experience. They don’t understand that our belief system is influencing our experience in many powerful ways.

We tell ourselves that inheriting a million dollars would make us happy but the truth is, we can be happy without that kind of wealth. While the death of a loved one makes us sad, we can get over it more quickly if we maintain an optimistic attitude toward life.

The truth is that everyone loses loved ones at some time and not everyone mourns forever. What’s more, there are plenty of unhappy millionaires on this planet. No two people have exactly the same experience and no two people react the same way.

Most people agree that it is better to expect the best than to be on the lookout for the worst that can happen. What I want to remember is that an optimistic attitude is a habit that anyone can cultivate. We do not have to be on the lookout for trouble in order to avoid it. We have to be on the lookout for good news so we attract it.  That is a fundamental metaphysical truth. It is also a simple psychological phenomenon that we see working in everyone’s life. Who has the most friends? Who gets the best jobs? Who feels the best? In every case, the answer is the optimistic person. Look around you and you will see that optimism pays off.

Even if it were possible to give two people the same experiences, the optimist would enjoy his life much more than the pessimist. That makes sense because we always have a choice how to react to any experience. More importantly, our consciousness creates our reality. If we can grasp that concept, we can understand the importance of changing our thinking so that we are expecting only the best.

If you want to do well on the job, you must go to work each day with an optimistic attitude. Once there, you will give good service, be noticed more often and be promoted quickly. Even if you never get the raise you deserve in that workplace, your excellent attitude will allow you to attract a new job very quickly.

In olden times, before milk came in cardboard boxes and was pasteurized, we had a saying that, “Cream rises to the top.” What that meant was that the richest part of the milk (cream) would collect at the top of the bottle and it also meant that the person with the best attitude toward work got the promotion.

Learn to look at the possibilities, not the apparent obstacles. Money matters are important but attitude is even more important. Many of our Presidents came from wealthy families but not all of them. Being born poor has stopped many ambitious men and women from aiming at the top because they believed that it was too difficult to overcome childhood poverty.  Lack of wealth didn’t stop Abraham Lincoln, Bill Clinton or Barak Obama.

Beauty is important as well but a lack of beauty didn’t stop Barbra Streisand or Whoopi Goldberg from being movie stars. Nor did lack of education stop Ernest Hemingway from writing novels that will last a long, long time. Whether it is money, appearance, education or some other perceived shortage, the truth of the matter is that the most important ingredient in anyone’s life is his or her attitude.

Here is what I am telling myself this New Year. If you want to, you can copy it and say it aloud to yourself in the mornings. Be my guest.

I Am Optimistic

There is only one God and that God is all powerful, present everywhere and present right here. God is in my life and is now supporting and guiding me. With the help of God, I am totally and completely optimistic.

I feel wonderful about life. I expect the best. I know that life is a great joy and a wonderful opportunity to express love and wealth and health. I expect the best in every area of my life. I am in love with life. I greet every day with great expectations. I am optimistic about my health. I am certain that my wealth is great and growing every day. I am surrounded by loving people. I engage in happy activities. I love my life now.

I am fill with joy because I know that God is with me every step of the way. Life is great!

And so it is.

Happy New Year to everyone.


2 Comments on “Choosing Optimism”

  1. Connie Randall says:

    I enjoyed your post, thank you. You invited us to copy the last part of it, which I did. It now lives on the most desirable spot any prayer or quote could want in my house- the bathroom mirror. I will see this and read this at the start of each day; what a wonderful message of hope.

  2. Debby Torres says:

    Thank you Dr. Jane,

    I am grateful to read your blogs and have printed and will read I am Optimistic each morning. Much love in and through the New Year.


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