These are two words that are easy to say, but difficult to actually live by. Unfortunately, in our society today there is so much negativity that bombards us every which way that we turn. There are uncalled for murders, too much hate towards targeted groups of people, terrorist attacks, and many more things that are very scary happening in our lives. Because of all of these things, it is so easy to fall into the negative and pessimistic mindset. Yes, this may the easier thing to do, but it most definitely is not the best. I feel that the reason we see so many people fall into this way of thinking is because of that fact that it’s the lazy way to go. Now, I don’t mean to sound harsh here, but it is the truth. We have turned into an extremely lazy society, and falling into the negativity is the lazier way of thinking. Being positive and optimistic is NOT easy, but once you can teach yourself to be that way, I promise you your life will be better.
When I was younger I used to be a very negative person. I would always talk about the bad things and immediately jump to the negative aspects of a situations. I want to talk to you guys about my own personal journey from being a negative person, to becoming the most optimistic and positive person that I could possibly be.
Like I previously mentioned, I used to be very negative. I cannot think of any good reason as to why I was that way, except for the basic fact that it was easy to be that way. It was easier to focus on the negative than it was to make that positive spin on things and get my hopes up for something. Because I was like this, my family would talk to me a lot about my attitude and how if I didn’t change it, I would grow up into the adult that barely had any friends and that no one wanted to be around. Of course, when your young you don’t necessarily believe everything you’re told. This was the case for me initially. However, once I realized that what they were saying was right, I decided that it was time for me to make a change.
I am not going to lie and say that this was an easy change; it was very hard and took a lot of focus and determination. I don’t think people just how hard it is to completely change the way that you look at the world. How you change that is different for everyone. For me, it was just holding on to the knowledge that I would not only be more likely to keep my friends and family wanting to be around me, but it was the fact that I knew I would be happier as a person. Whenever I started to have negative thoughts and a pessimistic attitude, I just reminded myself of the person that I wanted to be, and tried really hard to find at least one positive thing about the situation instead. After a little while of doing this, I found that it became much easier.
It has now been a couple of years of this way of thinking for me. I cannot even begin to describe to you how much better I feel as a person. I feel lighter, happier, and more eager to take on any day that is thrown my way. One of the most rewarding parts of this for me is hearing from others how positive I am. I just recently moved to a new state and started a new job. From so many of my coworkers and members of management I have had compliments on the fact that I am always so happy and positive and that it is so nice to be around me. Hearing these things from people who never knew me when I was at my most negative is such an amazing feeling. It shows me that I have been successful in my attempt to change the way that I live my life.
I encourage all of you to make a change and live your life as optimistically and positively as you can. It is amazing how it can make you feel! 🙂
If you have any stories of your own journeys, please tell me about them in the comments below! I would love to hear about them 🙂