(For Optimists, Optimists in Training, and Wannabes)
Life is change, thus we are promised constant opportunities for starting over. It is never too late to change your mind, your direction, your results in life. In this perfect universe, a new beginning is promised to us all at any given moment. Ask yourself right now what would you change about your life, your situation, if only you could?
So often we labor under the myth that we are stuck. We accept the idea that whatever our life looks like today is a clear picture of what is to come. But the reality is we have the power to change.
Maybe you believe you are too old, or that you don’t know the right people, or that you don’t have enough money to make “it” happen.
You have to become willing to admit that you really want whatever “it” is. For many of us this is a problem because we hide the truth from ourselves. It is very painful to want with any intensity what we believe we can’t have. But only if we believe we can do it, or have it, will we be willing to put in the work to make it happen. After all, if “it” is impossible, why bother?
So, first, you must become an optimist. Optimism can be learned, but only if you believe. Seems like a bit of a conundrum. What are you willing to do about it? Are you willing to suspend your disbelief? That is a good start. It means you are already changing. You can act as if you are becoming more of an optimist. Now as an acting optimist ask yourself—“If I really believed I could have a better life, if I really thought achieving my dream was possible, how excited would I be?”
This is a good place to start getting honest with yourself. Take some time with this question. It might be a good idea to journal about the answer. You are worth it—the effort. You are entirely worth the effort it might take to find your enthusiasm. How excited would you be if you believed you could do it?
Belief + Excitement = New Beginnings