Day 23: I am optimistic.
Being optimistic means to be hopeful and confident about the future and I don’t know about you but I am excited about what the future holds. It may be hard to display this much excitement about the unknown when you’ve had such a rough start in life but this should be more reason to get excited. Trouble don’t last always.
I used to be the most pessimistic person you would ever meet, nothing, and I do mean nothing could ever go right for me. You could say good morning and I would reply with what’s so good about it. I would never get my hopes up about anything because I didn’t want to be let down, I didn’t want to have to deal with those emotions. When I look back over this dark time in my life I can agree that I was bad off.
This pessimistic attitude limited me, it limited my future, and it limited how far my relationships went. As I stated in previous posts you are who you think you are. If you think things will never go right for you, guess what? They won’t! If you think relationships will fail, they will. If you are always thinking something bad is going to happen then it will. Just imagine what will happen if you reversed this thinking and started believing that good things could happen.
One year I set a New Year’s Resolution that I was going to change my outlook on life and start living an optimistic lifestyle. It wasn’t because I wanted to, it was because I needed to. I absolutely hated feeling like nothing was going to get better, at this time in my life I needed things to get better.
So, I changed my thinking. I focused on the good and when dreadful things happened I would always try to find a bright side to it. I looked at my future and I started making plans for the future. I started applying myself more in my life, in my relationships, and in my professional life. I became hopeful that my future was going to get better, I became confident in my ability to succeed. Good things started happening, I was happier, and the children were happier. I believe sometimes we don’t realize how our emotions have a significant impact on those around us.
If you battle with being optimistic, if you believe that things cannot or will not ever get right for you, I challenge you to change your thinking. Tell yourself I am optimistic; my future is so bright I need sunglasses! Be confident in knowing that God is in control and he will never leave nor forsake you.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. -Jeremiah 29:11-