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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What Hypnosis Teaches Us about Doubt and Affirmations
According to the Collins English Dictionary, hypnosis is a state in which a person seems to be asleep but can still see, hear, or respond to things said to him/her. Health professionals use hypnosis to heal patients since the mind fully responds to anything suggested to it during hypnosis.
There’s a famous story of a boy who was cured of Congenital Ichthyosis through hypnosis. The physician cured him by hypnotizing him, and telling him that his skin was healing.
Such accounts have led to the realization that the mind fully responds to what it’s told during hypnosis because hypnosis relaxes the mind hence preventing it from doubting anything suggested to it.
It‘s hard to heal a fully conscious person through suggestions because the person will doubt everything that a physician tells him/her. Therefore, hypnosis mostly works because it eliminates doubt by putting the mind in a relaxed state. In this state, the mind cannot question whether whatever the therapist is suggesting to it is possible or not; it just acts on it.
The mind is connected to the Universal Mind/God/Source Energy, and for this reason, it has healing abilities, and it can bring into physical existence whatever you constantly suggest to it. However, hypnosis proves that the mind only responds to our suggestions in the absence of doubt. It will be almost impossible for you to cure yourself of a certain disease if you regularly affirm that you are healing yet you highly doubt your affirmations.
When affirming (suggesting to the mind), you must believe that what you are affirming is true. For example, if you wake up in the morning and affirm that you are powerful, you must believe that you are a powerful being. You must never doubt the affirmations by questioning whether they are true or false. Just affirm, believe, and let your mind do its job.
I used to wonder why my affirmations never worked. Luckily, hypnosis made me realize that they never worked because I doubted them. For example, when I woke up in the morning and said, ‘I am the greatest blogger alive,’ I always doubted this statement immediately by asking myself if this was really true hence preventing my mind from acting on my affirmations.
Therefore, always know that whatever you suggest to your mind without doubting will come true. If you always say to yourself that you are too old, or you are a failure, without a doubt, the mind will create situations that will make you an old failure.
To sum up, hypnosis shows us that the mind often responds to our affirmations, and it can bring into reality whatever is suggested to it only when we don’t doubt. Therefore, we must replace our doubts with faith because only when we don’t doubt will our mind effectively tap into the universal mind and attract situations and things that will help us reach our desired state.
‘As you believe, so shall it be done unto you.’ – Jesus Christ, Christian ‘Savior.’
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5 Powerful Benefits of Constantly Reminding Yourself That Anyone’s Death is Around the Corner
Many Great Thinkers reveal that the best way to enjoy every moment of your life is to remind yourself that you might die any-f*?king-time.
I used to think this advice was stupid until I lost my beloved best friend: Fred Jesse. Through his death, I realized that death is real and it can happen anytime. Fred didn’t know he will die. We had a drink the last time we met, and he was sure that we’ll meet again. It never occurred to both of us that his death was around the corner.
Fred died a few months later on a grizzly road accident. He was the first closest person I lost. When I heard the news of his death, it was hard to believe because I never thought that Fred might die anytime soon.
His death made me realize that no one knows when they will die because we can die at any moment.
Fred’s death made me to constantly think about my mortality, and I realized the following benefits of becoming aware that you, your friends or relatives might die at any moment.
- You Won’t Care about Other People’s Opinions
Will you care about other people’s thoughts if you know that you’ll be dead in a few weeks? I guess no. No matter how good or bad people think or talk about you, their opinions and thoughts won’t matter if you realize that you are going to die.
Furthermore, will you care about someone’s opinion about you if you realize that the person might die anytime soon? What if you worry about what a certain person thinks about you, and then s/he dies a week later. Will it be wrong to say that all your worry was time and energy wasted?
With this in mind, it is true that being aware of our impending deaths enables us to stop caring about people’s thoughts or opinions because they won’t matter when we die.
- You will Live in the Present Moment
Thinking about my death made me teach myself how to live in the present moment and stop worrying about a future which might never come. I realized that all I have is the present moment, and therefore, I must stop being anxious about an unguaranteed future. It also dawned on me that all of us could enjoy every moment if we realized that it might be the last.
‘Every moment is a once in a lifetime moment. And maybe it’s the last. Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock.’ – Jonas Salzebeger
- You will Ensure That You Maintain Good Relationships with Your Closest Friends and Relatives
Realizing that, you, your friends or relatives might die at any moment will force you to maintain a good relationship with them because you won’t want your loved ones to die with unsolved issues between you and them. For this reason, knowing that death is unpredictable will make you to always ensure that you are at peace with everyone you love.
We refuse to solve issues with our friends/relatives because we think they’ll live forever. We fail to realize that we might never get a chance to forgive them or ask them for forgiveness because death might grab any one of us anytime.
- You Will Quit Postponing
When you become death-conscious, you will quit postponing important things because you will realize that you might fail to live the next day to do these things.
You will stop postponing the day you’ll start traveling around the world, when you’ll send flowers to your parents, when you’ll build a business to sustain your kids when you die, when you’ll start doing what you love, when you’ll start saving money for your loved ones, and many other important things you always want to do but often postpone.
- You Will be Thankful
Death consciousness makes you thankful because you realize that life is precious and not everyone manages to live as long as you, your friends and relatives have lived.
When I think about death I always remember that most of my best friends are orphans. Therefore, I become thankful for the fact that my parents are still alive. Thinking about death also makes me thankful for the fact that my friends and sisters are alive because not everybody has all their family members/friends alive.
Do you remember the woman who lost her entire family in a car accident in 2016? I guess either all or some of your family members are alive. Therefore, stop fretting about trivial issues and be thankful you still have a chance to experience the physical universe with them. At least you have a shoulder to cry on. Some people don’t have.
We always think we are immortal and for this reason, we take our precious lives and those of our friends or relatives for granted. We never appreciate their presence because we think they’ll live forever. Besides this, we love worrying about the future without thinking that we might fail to exist in it because life is short and death is unpredictable.
We don’t realize that we only have one chance to experience the beauty of the physical universe, and that life is too short to hold grudges, to worry, to postpone, to hate, to care about people’s opinions, and to do what we hate.
‘When we realize the shortness of life, we begin to see the importance of making every moment count.’ – Dillion Burroughs: American Author.
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