Living An Optimistic Life

There was a time (before I became a Coach) when I found being optimistic in the face of everything going on in the world and in our personal lives was difficult. We are taught it’s good to question or be skeptical of certain people and situations that appear in our lives, but this can also cause you to miss some of the good things in life.

Did you know that living an optimistic life can actually lessen your chances to develop diseases and chronic conditions later in life? You’ve likely been around pessimistic people and left their presence feeling ‘down’ or that the world is less bright because of their outlooks. I call these people ‘happiness suckers’….If you find you have lots of them in your life then it may be time to teach them another way!!!

Here are some proven ways to turn your life around with optimistic thoughts:

• Don’t assume you’re going to fail. You may have failed at business or relationships in the past, but the future is a clean slate. Don’t think your negative thoughts into coming true and produce a bad ending.
• Positive affirmations help. If you’re a pessimistic person, try repeating short phrases that remind you that you’re attempting to be more positive. Affirmations such as, “I can control my attitude towards the life I live.”
• Keep busy. An idle mind can get into all sorts of trouble and begin to take negative thoughts seriously. Engage in positive activities such as taking a class, visiting friends or family, reading a good book or exercising.
• Reach out to others with positive thinking. When you hear another person expressing pessimistic thoughts, share a different perspective with them. It will also help you from turning toward pessimistic thoughts.
• Think about what you can make happen. Rather than thinking about what might happen to you, think instead of what you can do to make positive things and events happen in your life. It’s being part of the solution rather than the cause.
• Smile and be happy. Studies actually prove that when you smile, you actually begin to feel happier. For one thing, others will usually smile at you. You’ll be seen as a kinder and happier person – and, who knows – you might start to believe it.
• Don’t let life pass you by. If you continue with pessimistic thinking, you could wake up one day and realize you’ve lived a miserable life. Every single minute counts and if you spend most of it brooding about what might have been, you’ll have wasted precious time.

Taking action on your positive thoughts is imperative to living an optimistic life and having an optimistic future. For example, if you want to study Coaching, but think you’re not smart enough or have time enough – what might have been will never happen. Take action to live an optimistic and fuller life. As the wonderful Susan Jeffers said “what’s the worst thing that can happen”?

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Glen Murdoch

Glen Murdoch is the founder and CEO of The Life Coaching College. He has a long history of working with Athletes and Teams as a Performance Coach and Analyst and has developed Australia's number 1 Life Coaching College.