Pessimism

100_2300Expecting the bad and undesirable; expecting negative results; a negative outlook on life

I never think of the negative. All obstacles can be overcome.  Donald Trump

You can’t raise positive people on negative feedback.  Gerald Jampolsky

We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion just as effectively as by bombs.  Kenneth Clark

   Answer the following: “Optimist or pessimist, who is happier, accomplishes more, has better relationships, lives longer and generally is healthier?” Given a choice, do you prefer being a pessimist or an optimist?

    Most of us would answer ‘optimist’ to the questions. If this is true, why do so many lean toward the side of pessimism? There is a fundamental life principle that directly links to the concepts of optimism and pessimism. The human being is designed to gravitate toward that which they think about the most. In many respects life is a self-fulfilling prophecy. We are what we have thought about and are becoming that which continue to think about, see, experience and dwell on most of the time. Our subconscious mind is always seeking to take us where our thoughts are. We are like heat seeking missiles targeting on what we have been programmed to pursue. Several of life’s natural laws are pertinent: “The Path of Least Resistance”, and “Inertia”. It is easier to be pessimistic; it is the past of least resistance. Since the world’s natural state in pessimistic, it takes significant energy to overcome the inertia of negativism. It requires discipline, energy and self-control to be optimistic.

   It is much easier to be mentally and motivationally lazy. It is easier to accept negativism. It is harder to be disciplined and have the mental energy, focus, and wisdom to see, think, and live optimistically. Life really comes from the inside out. Our approach to life comes from our thought processes and how we are programmed. This literally results from millions of inputs that started impacting us when we were born and will continue influencing us until we die. Our outlook on life is the cumulative and weighted impact of all of these countless influences. Regrettably, the vast majority of these influences are negative and pessimistic. It is much easier to be a pessimist, because the majority of our world gravitates toward the negative; negativism breeds negativism.

   We can choose to be enslaved to the world of pessimism or we can choose to escape its bounds and live in the realm of optimism. This is a life style choice. We have the option of expecting, demanding and living a higher quality and more enriching dimension of life. It does takes dedicated desire, discipline, and motivation. We have what it takes to emancipate ourselves from the slavery of pessimism?

Challenge:  How do you overcome pessimism? You have to swim upstream to be optimistic. It requires commitment to self-discipline and mental growth, and requires filling your live with as many positive influences as possible. You can change your internal programming; changing from the inside out. The choice is taking the high road or the low road? The quality of the life you will live from today onward; is at stake. Take charge of it.

Wisdom: When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.  Helen Keller.  

Spiritual: (NIV)

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  Romans 10:17

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.  Psalm 31:24

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

If you knew you could not fail, what would you do differently? If you had the power of God to help you, what tasks would you undertake? If you knew you would be rewarded for taking risks, acting on faith and stepping out of your comfort zone, what would you do? Do you believe that God has such power?  He has promised that He will help succeed at life. The ingredients for our success are here. God will help us use them. It is up to us.             

Prayer:  Thank you for making and designing me in your image. Enable me to live up to your expectations.

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