As I sit here with my (you guessed it) first cup of coffee, I’m listening to the rain and I’m thinking about many things. Most of the things I’m thinking about (my wife and family, my basketball coaches and players that I’m blessed to be working with, what I’m calling “the summer of change”, the books I want to read, and how thankful I am for this cup of coffee among many other things), I get a very contagious feeling of hope and peacefulness.
I’ve always tried to have an optimistic attitude or outlook in my life. There are many times where this is difficult and challenging, but I always strive to get back to having this type of outlook. I do know for sure that Helen Keller was correct in that things cannot be accomplished without hope and confidence. At least anything that matters.
Having an optimistic attitude or outlook in life is a lot easier for us when we are doing things that are connected to our heart and have passion for. It also connects with the people that we have in our lives as we need others to help encourage us, love us where we are at, support us, listen to us along with us doing the same for them. This helps instill faith in ourselves that we can achieve things we want to do. If we don’t have all these pieces to the puzzle, things get a little bit more difficult and that at times will lead to not having hope or confidence in ourselves and in our situations that we live in.
This comes back to the start, the foundation that we have to have to work on setting the table so to speak, for ourselves to have this optimism in our lives. We have to reach down inside of ourselves and find out what are the things that light us on fire! What are the things that we get fired up and make us want to go after certain things in life? We need to be conscious of the thoughts, information and ideas coming into our minds along with finding and keeping those people in our lives that help us and that we are able to help too.
Start today by looking at this quote and figure out what feeds into this optimism in our lives. Then look at what are the things in your heart that you know you want to accomplish and go after. Is what you do, day in and day out, helping you have more hope and confidence in your life? Or are those things pointing to not having hope and no confidence in your life? Figure out just one change today that you can make to start feeling better about things. Then keep working on that one thing as you identify one other thing, then another, and another and so on. Just keep working on one thing and keep it going as those will lead to other things to work on and improve and then just watch the changes that start to happen.
What’s one thing for you to start on right now? One thing for me – to start reading more books, more articles, etc. Another quick one for me is to put more action into my days of doing the things that I have to do to make things happen. Anything that can help make me better, I have to do. Share yours as I bet it might help someone else out too.