Today, we strive to achieve an optimistic state of mind because many influential individuals advise us to be optimistic. Besides this, we practice optimism because we are aware of its advantages.
However, we quickly 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 working hard, and they give up on optimism when they don’t attract success after a short period. Little do they know that optimism takes long to attract success, and it only attracts success if accompanied by 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
Many people believe that only good things will happen to them if they practice optimism. For this reason, they give up on optimism and believe it doesn’t work when bad things happen to them. I think motivational speakers must constantly remind people that optimism doesn’t prevent bad things from happening. Instead, it enables folks to persevere bad times as it gives them hope for a brighter future.
- 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 practicing optimism.
We fail to realize that we must practice positivity for a long time before we attain an optimistic mindset.
If you just try to immediately attain an optimistic mindset without practice, you will fall back to pessimism. The surest way to 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 positivity for me to attain an optimistic mindset.
This year, I’m trying to be optimistic by trying the ‘optimism challenge.’ In this challenge, you must 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.
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.
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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Why Reality is an Illusion: Five Major Factors That Influence How We Perceive Reality
‘Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.’ – Albert Einstein
We love advising each other to be realistic without knowing that reality doesn’t exist since it’s an illusion. An African’s reality is different from an American’s reality. Moreover, a cat’s reality is different from your reality although we live in the same physical realm. For this reason, the only reality is Infinite Intelligence/God. Everything else is an illusion.
To prove reality is an illusion, I’ll share five factors that influence how we perceive reality.
Most cultures’ belief systems affect how they perceive reality. For instance, the Maasai warrior believes a boy only graduates to manhood if he kills a lion. This belief system affects a Maasai’s perception of reality as he might believe that all adult males who haven’t killed a lion are still boys. For this reason, the Maasai might think Bill Gates is still a boy because he’s never killed a lion.
Besides this, an individual who believes snakes are bad will be scared to death if he encounters a snake while an Indian girl who plays with cobras won’t be scared of snakes.
Senses are the biggest proof that reality is an illusion because animals’ super/extraordinary senses make them experience a different reality from us. For instance, while we can’t detect anything at night, snakes have infrared sensory organs that allow them to detect warm blooded animals at night. Also, a bear can zero in on the smell of a rotting carcass a mile away but we can’t.
3.The Information We’ve Been Exposed to
The information we’ve been exposed to affects how we perceive reality because it shapes our belief system. For instance, an individual who has read many inspirational books might believe it’s possible to be rich regardless of one’s social-economic status. On the other hand, a person who has never read these books might think it’s unrealistic to believe that one can rise from rags to riches.
Dimensions are levels of consciousness that affect how we perceive reality. People stuck in the 3rd dimension of consciousness believe human beings are victims of circumstances. Besides this, they believe the physical reality is the only reality that exists.
On the other hand, people who ascend to higher dimensions, such as the 5th dimension, believe in the existence of a spiritual world. Moreover, they believe they are limitless beings who are masters of their circumstances.
Your emotional state determines your reality. For instance, the sunset might be a beautiful experience when you are happy, but boring when you are sad. Furthermore, fear can result in you seeing things that don’t exist.
That being said, no one should ever tell you to be realistic because reality is subjective. It’s affected by belief systems, sensuality, information, dimensions, and emotions.
Besides this, whenever you are sad remember that you have created that reality and for that reason, you can make yourself happy by changing your belief system, and emotional state.
And lastly, realize ‘there’s no reality except the one contained within us. That’s why so many people live such an unreal life. They take the images outside of them for reality and never allow the world within to assert itself.’ – Hermann Hesse
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6 Popular Lies We’ve Believed Our Whole Lives
Most of us believe the lies we’ve been told by the media, books, teachers, and other sources of information because we never assess the validity of the information we receive. For this reason, we’ve let lies govern our lives hence resulting in us having a wrong understanding of life.
Here are some of the main lies we’ve believed since we were young.
1.Suffering is Normal
Religion and the media have made us believe that we were born to suffer. We thus believe suffering is a normal occurrence, and we avoid trying to free ourselves from suffering.
However, suffering is abnormal, and it occurs when people fall out of alignment with Infinite Intelligence/God by embracing negative qualities such as laziness, ignorance, doubt, pessimism, greed, selfishness, self-centeredness, and so on. Suffering will stop existing if we all get into alignment with Infinite Intelligence by embracing positive qualities.
2.Religions Teach Different Things
Religions have disunited the modern society because people think they teach different things. People are too dumb to realize that they teach the same things. For instance, all religions lay emphasis on virtue and teach about a place/state of no-suffering. The only difference between religions is that they teach the same things in different ways.
3.Financial Success is the Ultimate Goal of Life
Financial success is important because it improves our comfort levels and allows us to help others. However, it’s not the ultimate goal of life. The ultimate goal of life is to understand how Infinite Intelligence works so that we can fall into alignment with its greatness.
4.Marijuana is a Bad Drug
Marijuana was important to many ancient societies as they used it for medicinal and religious purposes. Besides, some societies used it to make paper. Today, some physicians use it to treat mental conditions, and many people secretly use it for mental relaxation. This drug is only bad when over-consumed.
5.The Government is Dedicated to Serving Us
Most of us still believe the government is highly interested in serving our needs. We participate in voting because we believe the leaders we choose will serve our interests. Little do we know that these folks are only interested in serving their interests. Their families come first, their dogs second, and we come last.
6.Ancient Man was Dumb
Ever since we were young, we thought ancient man was dumb because we believed everything the media and our teachers told us. We think we are the most intelligent humans that ever lived. We are unaware that ancient folks were so intelligent that they understood the importance of the natural environment and invented technologies that modern man can’t. Besides, we don’t know that ancient men understood the medicinal, nutritional, and spiritual value of all plants although they never attended school.
N/B – Read Llailla Africa’s book, ‘Africa’s Holistic Health’ for more about the ancients’ knowledge about the medicinal, nutritional, and spiritual value of all plants.
In conclusion, never accept any piece of information without analyzing its validity. By doing this, you’ll never suffer because your thoughts and actions will only be guided by the TRUTH, and The Truth Shall Set You Free
Anyway, besides the above lies, there are many lies we’ve believed and allowed to guide our thoughts and actions. You are free to mention them in the comment box below.
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