Archive for November, 2012


The Optimism Challenge


Sometimes life can get in the way of discovering yourself, your emotions, who you are, and how much strength you actually have.  We, as humans, forget to realize how strong each one of us is.  We forget that sometimes it is important to reflect on who we are and build ourselves up before helping others.  We don’t realize how much we can accomplish each and every day.  We focus so much on what everyone else around us has accomplished and what they have that we want.  It’s time we stop feeling sorry for ourselves and our situations and think of ways that we can better ourselves from the inside out.  True strength comes from within and, much like any muscle in our body, the only way to become stronger is by working.

I have a friend (who shall remain nameless in this post but has allowed me to talk about her) that has gone through some seriously rough times over the last few years of her life.  Lately, life has just been throwing change-ups and curveballs at her and she has struggled with confidence.  Time and time again I tried helping her out by giving advice and just being a listening ear, but then an idea came to me.  The idea that true strength comes from inside and it needs to be worked on is what inspired this idea.  I had her find a quote about optimism and/or happiness every day for one week.  Only one week.  She needed to find whatever quote that made an immediate impact on her when she read it and tell me why it related to her.  “Why do this”, you may ask.  Nothing builds optimism or happiness more than surrounding yourself with positive thoughts and positive people.  By having her find one simple quote a day that related to her on some level she had to read many.  Each quote she read had to be thought about on some level, subconscious or otherwise, and each time a new quote was read a little seed of optimism and happiness could be planted.

Confidence, self-esteem, self-worth, optimism, happiness, and so many other personal thoughts are often things that are taken for granted and not thought of.  I find myself still struggling sometimes with my confidence and self-esteem to this day even though for years I have been working at making myself feel better.  Strength from inside is not something that can be gained in one day, one week, or even one year.  It is a never-ending battle of trying to balance out the punches life is throwing at you with the relentless push from inside to keep getting up, brushing off the dirt, and saying to yourself nothing can keep me down.  Believing in yourself will open your eyes to a whole new you that no one has ever seen before.  You truly can be your own worst enemy but don’t let that be the case.

I challenge everyone reading this to do one thing, make yourself find quotes that relate to you.  Make it a daily personal challenge.  Start your day off by finding a quote that inspires you, that motivates you, that makes you happy or optimistic about the day ahead.  Write the quote down and put it somewhere you’ll see multiple times throughout the day.  Live each day through these quotes and allow optimism and happiness to exude from you.  You never know the difference you can make in your life and the people’s lives around you just by being a happier, more optimistic version of yourself.

Take the step. 

Start the challenge today.

Begin to change your life now!

 

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Today is a day of being thankful, a day of happiness, a day of joy, a day of fun with family, and material possessions are overlooked on a daily basis because they are part of everyday life and we have grown accustom to having them in our lives.  But, what happens when that stuff is taken away?  What happens when something you love has been taken from you and you can’t reach out and touch it anymore? Usually, this is the moment when you realize you didn’t know what you had but now that it’s gone you realize how great it was.  Sometimes it’s the loss of something incredible that forces you to see what you’ve had and to be truly thankful for all the stuff you have in your life.

I am truly thankful for so much in my life and have fallen into a “grind of life” mentality that I should not have.  There is so much in life to be thankful for, but just living life has thrown me into a spiral of not being able to realize the incredible people and things around me.  Today is the day for this to stop! I challenge each and every person who reads this to take this step with me and vow to yourself to not take things for granted anymore.  Look around.  See the people and things you have in your life.  Don’t just have them in your field of vision, I mean actually SEE them, appreciate them, love them, care about them, listen to them, speak to them.  For all you know they may not be there forever!

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For all my family and friends, I am truly thankful for everything you have done any continue to do; for allowing me to be a part of your life, putting up with my sometimes less than stellar personality, for dealing with my flaws and weaknesses and accepting them anyways, for lending a listening ear when I need it, but most of all, for adding to my life on a daily basis.  Without my family and friends I do not know where I’d be today.  The addition of love, care, happiness, humor, and joy they’ve thrown into my life has, without a doubt, pushed me to go farther every step I’ve taken and motivated me to attempt things I would have never attempted without them behind me.

Turn today, the rest of the month, the rest of this year, next year, and (why not) the rest of your life into a perpetual thanksgiving (without the huge feast).  Remind yourself everyday about the things around you that you should be thankful for.  Realize the love that surrounds you.  Realize the amazing people in your life.  Don’t allow yourself to feel regret or remorse for not knowing what you had until it was gone. Live every day with an unconditional thankfulness for everyone around you.  Have fun and be thankful for the things you can do.  Love everyone like you’ve never been hurt.

I hope all my readers enjoy their Thanksgiving Day and allow their hearts to be opened to the people around them.  Take the step with me and make an attempt to turn your life into a perpetual Thanksgiving! It may be difficult, but I know down the road I will grow to appreciate everything in my life so much more than I already do!  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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