Two hikers were camped out overnight in the mountains.
A thunderous voice roused them from their sleep.
The voice said, “This will be the saddest day or the happiest day of your lives,” then instructed them to pack up their belongings, make their way to the river, gather stones in their backpacks that they couldn’t look at until morning, and continue on their journey never to return to the river or the mountain again.
They stuffed their packs with cold, wet stones and carefully trekked down the rocky trails that would lead them away from the mountain.
But first, they pulled out their packs to examine the stones they’d collected from the river.
To their surprise, what they’d thought were river rocks were actually diamonds and rare gems.
Both hikers sat in silence, overwhelmed by the bounty before them.
If you don’t believe in yourself, you’ll have a hard time persevering against the obstacles and setbacks you’re likely to encounter.
Optimists expect the best out of life.
Good news: It’s an attitude that can be learned.
- Bad things happen in life, but they are temporary.
- Bad things in life are limited in scope.
- People have control over their environments.
- Good things in life are temporary.
- Good things in life are limited in scope.
- People have no control over their environments.
Optimists help create some of the good they come to expect, so they are probably right more than not.
And they don’t waste time worrying about what they’re not right about.
Think of how you’ve changed throughout your life emotionally.
You’re probably a different person today than you were five years ago, so don’t assume you can’t evolve further.
Replace words and phrases like “impossible” and “I can’t” with words that emphasize strength and success: “challenging” and “I must.”
Watch inspirational movies and shows.
Read motivational books.
Don’t spend too much time on downbeat material.
Mix it up, with a leaning toward the positive.
Take some time to enjoy what you’ve already achieved with your life.
Think about what you did to get where you are, and use that as a reminder of your capabilities.
You’re bound to fail at some things.
Learn what you can and move on instead of beating yourself up over and over.
According to “Likeonomics” by Rohit Bhargava, Pixar was deep in the red, due in part because its upcoming movie “Toy Story” was way over budget.
Microsoft had expressed interest in buying the company to gain access to some of its 3D graphic design software.
The deal fell through, and Pixar’s prospects were shaky in advance of the movie’s release.
As they were putting the finishing touches on “Toy Story,” the filmmakers met for lunch to discuss possible new projects.
“A Bug’s Life,” “Monsters Inc.,” and”WALL-E,” all of which became blockbuster hits.
Despite their financial uncertainty, the “creative types” retained their optimism about the future.