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Friday, April 16, 2010

Moving beyond optimism

Optimism, unaccompanied by personal effort, is merely a state of mind and not fruitful.

Positive thinking is a powerful force to fuel change.

But, optimism alone is just wood stacked in the woodpile.

We have to bring it inside, build a fire and tend it.

Otherwise, it remains no more than dry wood.

Like the wood, optimism has a shelf life. Life unused....it seems to rot.

We must keep it moving ....bringing in fresh fuel and using it up.

You will attach specific, achievable plans to your optimism attitude. Your optimism will be the fuel that gets things started.

The right time for decisions -

form a habit of making decisions when your spirit is fresh.....to let dark moods lead is like choosing cowards to command armies.

Unfortunate, when that dark mood sets in, we are prone to push the panic button and come to a snap

decision. Those panicky decisions tend to make more trouble - which only further darkens our mood.

We can train ourselves to do it differently. With gentle self-talk, we remind ourselves that we don't make large decisions when we're tired.....blue or hungry. It can wait until we are rested, centered and well fed. Good decisions produce better results.

Do not make serious decisions when you're spent. You'll wait until you can give the matter the clear thought that it deserves.

note to AH 25th Nov.09