Today, we strive to achieve an optimistic state of mind because many influential individuals and spiritual leaders advise us to be optimistic. Besides this, we practice optimism because we are aware of its advantages. However, most of us give up on optimism and believe it doesn’t work because of the following wrong beliefs we have about it.
- Optimism automatically makes an individual successful
The self-help industry has made people believe they can attract success by simply meditating on a bright future. For this reason, many individuals practice optimism without putting in the effort, and they give up on optimism and conclude that it doesn’t work when they don’t attract success after a certain period. Little do they know that optimism takes long to attract success, and it only attracts success if accompanied by many years of hard work.
I believe the main purpose for optimism on the road to success, is to enable an individual to keep working despite the number of obstacles he/she faces.
- Bad things don’t happen to optimistic people
People believe that only good things will happen to them if they practice optimism, and for this reason, they give up on optimism and believe it doesn’t work, when bad things happen to them while practicing optimism. I think motivational speakers must constantly remind people that optimism doesn’t prevent bad things from happening.
The main purpose of optimism is to enable you to persevere through hardships. Optimism enables you to attain inner peace during difficult times because it makes you believe that things will work out for you.
It is easy for a pessimistic person to succumb to depression when things don’t work out because this individual will believe that things will never change. Therefore, the main advantage of optimism over pessimism is that optimism enables a person to maintain a healthy mindset during hardships.
- We can immediately attain an optimistic mindset when we decide to do so
Most of us believe that we can immediately attain an optimistic mindset when we decide to be optimistic. We, therefore, give up on optimism when we fail to maintain a constant state of optimism after a few hours/days of trying to be optimistic.
We fail to realize that we must practice positivity for a long time before we attain an optimistic mindset
If you just try to attain an optimistic mindset without practice, you will fall back to pessimism every now and then. Therefore, the only way you can become constantly optimistic is by working on achieving this mindset every day.
Last year, I gave up on optimism because I always succumbed to pessimism after a few minutes of trying to be optimistic. I concluded that optimism is an unreachable state of mind just because I couldn’t maintain it for an hour. I never knew that I must constantly practice optimism for me to attain an optimistic mindset.
This year, I’m trying to be optimistic by trying the ‘optimism challenge.’ In this challenge, you are supposed to avoid worry, complain, or any negative emotion for three weeks. And if you complain or entertain any negative emotions within the three weeks, you will have to start again until you complete three weeks without allowing any negative emotion in your mind.
According to Brian Tracy, the founder of this challenge, something good will happen if you successfully complete the challenge. I welcome you to this challenge, and please let me know if anything good happens to you after continuously staying optimistic for three weeks.
I believe optimism is responsible for making many individuals persevere on the journey to success because it’s easier to keep working if you believe that your hard work will eventually pay. For this reason, we must practice optimism if we want to successfully complete our journey.
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence – Helen Keller, American Author
It’s hard to work towards your goals with a pessimistic mindset because you will have to force yourself to work every day. Besides this, a pessimistic mindset will increase your chances of giving up because you’ll believe that your efforts won’t pay off. That being said, embrace optimism, and believe that everything will work out for the best.
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The Happiness Lie, and How the Pursuit of Happiness Benefits the Elite
Happiness occurs when we have pleasant emotions because our life is happening the way we want.
Most of us think we are entitled to be happy all the time. However, achieving a constant state of happiness is impossible because usually, life doesn’t happen exactly the way we want. Things we don’t like often pop into our lives every now and then. For this reason, I think the only place you can achieve a constant state of happiness is ‘heaven.’
We have been conditioned to believe that we came into this world to be happy and that our main purpose in life is to pursue happiness. This is A LIE folks. Look around you, study history, and you’ll realize that THE CREATOR never brought us here to be constantly happy. Instead, The Creator brought us here to surmount all obstacles, and grow into our full potential.
The idea that we came here to be happy has been sold to us by the elite so that we constantly chase happiness. The elite hugely benefit when we chase happiness because this pursuit results in consumerism.
Today, we excessively buy material things because we believe they can make us happy, and as a result, the elite make huge profits because they own a large percentage of the companies in the world.
Besides making us spenders, the pursuit of happiness also benefits the elite because it prevents us from discovering our true nature. The elite know that they won’t manage to control us if we discover who we truly are. Therefore, they make us so obsessed with chasing happiness that we never care about knowing ourselves.
They make us focus on useless ideas, such as ‘my life is better because I am happier than you.’ For this reason, we take stupid selfies and post them on social media to prove that we are living happy lives. We have been made to believe that being constantly happy is the main goal of life. This belief has led to drug addiction and depression when we face hardships because we think life is unfair to us since we are not constantly happy.
Little do we know that no one is constantly happy because we were conditioned to be dissatisfied with what we have. For example, we are always happy when we get a job, but after a certain period, we get bored with the repetitive routine that we can’t wait to be out of our offices. Also, we are always happy when we buy something. However, after a certain period, we become used to it and start looking for other things to buy.
With this in mind, it is impossible for us to achieve a constant state of happiness because it’s our nature to be constantly dissatisfied so that we pursue growth. As Mark Manson puts it in The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck,‘We have evolved to always live with a certain degree of dissatisfaction and insecurity because it’s the mildly dissatisfied and insecure creature that’s going to do the most work to innovate and survive.’
That being said, understand that it’s okay to be unhappy and never ever pursue a constant state of happiness because it’s impossible to achieve it. Instead, pursue a meaningful life which comes only when you are brave enough to be authentic.
‘You feel separate from happiness and believe that you need to achieve something first to become happy. Then you start pursuing happiness and going after things the world told you will make you happy. But they never do. At the end of your life, you will realize that the pursuit of happiness was a lie.’ – Positivelypositive
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Three Main Factors That Determine Whether Your Thoughts Will Attract What You Want
I have always researched on how I can make my thoughts attract what I want because many Great thinkers believe in the Law of Attraction. I have, therefore, read several books on the subject of thought so that I pinpoint the factors that influence the power of our thoughts to attract our desires.
It then dawned on me that the ability of our thoughts to attract our innermost desires is influenced by three main factors.
The more you think about something, the quicker you attract it. For instance, if you regularly think about the lack of money, you will quickly attract poverty in your life. And, if you constantly think about making mistakes, you will often find yourself making mistakes.
Repeatedly thinking about something attracts it because these thoughts become deeply rooted in your mind which then makes you act in accordance with the thoughts.
Besides this, the repetition of a particular thought causes belief. The belief develops into a deep conviction which then attracts what you constantly think about.
Therefore, if you want to bring something into your life, ensure that you constantly think about it.
‘Whatever we plant in our minds and nourish with repetition will one day become our reality’ – Earl Nightingale: American Radio Speaker and Author (1921 -1989)
The Law of Attraction is greatly influenced by the feelings you accompany your thoughts with. If you have fearful thoughts about something, and you accompany these thoughts with fearful feelings, you will quickly attract what you fear.
Feelings help attract what you want because they determine your actions. For instance, if you feel motivated, you will work enthusiastically, and if you feel discouraged, you will act lazily.
Spiritual leaders and successful people understand the power of feelings. For instance, Rhonda Byrne, the author of The Secret, advises that thinking about riches is not enough to attract riches. She teaches that these thoughts will only attract riches only if we also feel rich.
Therefore, if you want your thoughts to attract your desires, ensure that they match with your feelings. The Law of Attraction won’t work if you try to think positively while feeling sad or anxious at the same time.
‘You gotta feel like a boss before you become a boss.’ – Rick Ross: American Rapper and Entrepreneur
- Your Ability to Focus
Spiritual teachers such as Jaggi Vasudev, teach that you can attract what you want if you concentrate all your thoughts on your desires. He claims that most of us never attract what we want because our thoughts waver. We think about prosperity in one moment, and we think about scarcity and lack in the next moment. This type of thinking ensures we attract mixed results: we attract both what we want and what we don’t want.
*People who think many kinds of thoughts must expect to receive a confused manifestation in their lives. If a gardener plants a thousand kinds of seeds, he will get a thousand types of plants – Ernest Holmes (Creative Mind).
Therefore, if you want the Law of Attraction to work for you, ensure that you continuously focus your thoughts on your desires, and also make sure that your thoughts and feelings are in alignment. I am not an expert in the Law of Attraction, but I just realized that I have always attracted the things I don’t want in my life because I often think about them. Sometimes, I might try to think about prosperity, but I then get back to thinking about what I don’t want.
Therefore, the Law of Attraction has worked for me but on the negative side. However, this year, I’m trying my best to embrace positive thoughts and feelings so that I attract a good life. I know I will win because I WILL PERSIST UNTIL I SUCCEED.
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