Are You an Optimist?

by Betty Lochner on September 16, 2010

Is your glass half-full or half-empty?

I ran across The Optimist’s Creed recently, written in 1901 – over 100 years ago!  In college, I had it on my dorm room wall. Seeing it again reminds me of the power of owning optimism.  And, how important it is to see the good in even the worst situations.

I think it will go back up on my wall.

The Optimists Creed

by Christian D. Larson

I promise:

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful expression at all times and give a smile to every living creature you meet.

To give so much time to improving yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,

and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud word,

but in great deeds.

To live in the faith that the whole world is on your side,

so long as you are true to the best that is in you.



Betty Lochner is the Owner and President of Cornerstone Coaching & Training. She specializes in personal and organizational transformation and is the author of  Dancing with Strangers: Communication skills for transforming your life at work and at home.

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