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The Optimist Creed: How to Stay Positive During Tough Times

No matter what life throws your way, it is important to stay positive.

Staying positive can be difficult during tough times, but it is possible by adopting a mindset of optimism.

The Optimist Creed is a guide for keeping a positive outlook on life, no matter what happens. This blog post discusses the Optimist Creed and how to apply it to your life. It also provides some tips for staying positive when times are tough.

The Optimist Creed

The Optimist Creed was originally published by Christian D. Larson in 1912. It is a set of principles to live by.

The Optimist Creed contains twelve promises to yourself, which are listed below.

an image with the 12 promises to yourself that comprise The Optimist Creed by Christian Larson

Promise yourself:

1) “To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.”

You should remain calm and collected, no matter what happens.

You should control your emotions and not let outside circumstances dictate how you feel.

2) “To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.”

You should spread positivity and good vibes to those around you.

If you are feeling down, spread kindness and make someone else smile.

Be a source of happiness for others, as well as yourself.

3) “To make all your friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them.”

You should see the best in people and help them to see it in themselves.

We all have something special to offer, and it is important to remind others of that.

Optimism is contagious, so spread it around!

4) “To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.”

You should focus on the positive, especially during tough times.

Try to find the silver lining in every situation. Doing so makes you more likely to attract positive things into your life.

5) “To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.”

You should set your standards high and always strive for excellence.

Optimism is key to reaching your goals. When you expect the best from yourself, you are more likely to achieve it.

6) “To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.”

You should be happy for others when they succeed.

We are all on our own journey in life, and everyone deserves to celebrate their victories.

When you show genuine excitement for someone else’s success, it creates positive energy and goodwill.

Success is not mutually exclusive; when others succeed, it does not mean that you lose. On the contrary, their success can be your success as well.

We are all in this together, so let’s lift each other up!

7) “To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.”

You should learn from your mistakes and move on. Let go of the past.

Do not dwell on past failures; use them as motivation to do better in the future.

Optimism is about looking forward and believing that good things are yet to come.

When you make a mistake, dust yourself off and try again.

Remember, it’s not about being perfect; it’s about progress.

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

You should put on a happy face, even when you don’t feel like it.

A smile is contagious, so spread the love!

It is important to remember that we are all fighting our own battles.

You never know what someone else is going through, so be kind and show them a little bit of sunshine.

Be the reason someone smiles today!

9) “To give so much time to improving yourself that you have no time to criticize others.”

You should focus on your own journey and bettering yourself.

You cannot control what others do, so don’t waste your time and energy trying.

Instead, focus on yourself and let others live their own lives.

We all have our own unique stories to tell.

10) “To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.”

You should have a positive outlook on life, even when things are tough.

You control your own happiness, so choose happiness.

No matter what life throws your way, stay strong and optimistic.

Trouble will come and go, but positive thinking and having a positive attitude will help you get through it.

11) “To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud word, but in great deeds.”

You should have confidence in yourself and your abilities.

Optimism is about believing in yourself and your ability to make a difference.

Let your actions speak louder than your words. Show the world what you’re made of by taking action and achieving your goals.

12) “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.”

Optimism is about believing in yourself and the goodness of others. You should have faith in yourself and the universe.

Know that you are supported and loved, even when things are tough.

Stay true to your values and beliefs, and the world will be behind you.

When you stay positive, good things will come your way.

an inspirational message that says, "Believe in yourself and the goodness of others"

How to Stay Optimistic During Difficult Times

1) Be Hopeful Yet Realistic

First, it is important to have realistic expectations.

Optimists do not expect things to be perfect, but they do expect things to get better eventually. This does not mean they ignore or minimize problems; instead, they choose to believe that solutions exist.

an inspirational message that says, "Solutions exist"

2) Live In the Present and Focus on Things You Can Control

Second, Optimists focus on the things they can control.

Optimists do not dwell on the things they cannot control and do not worry about things that have yet to happen. They live in the present moment and focus on what they can do to make today great.

an inspirational message that says, "Live in the present"

3) Have a Positive Attitude and Outlook on Life

Third, Optimists have a positive outlook on life, even when things are tough.

Optimists believe that good things will happen. They believe in themselves and their ability to succeed. No matter what life throws their way, Optimists persist and never give up.

an inspirational message that says, "Good things will happen"

4) Focus on Your Journey and Don’t Worry About Others

Fourth, Optimists focus on their own journey.

Optimists do not worry about what others are doing or what others think of them. They know they are in control of their own happiness and choose to be happy.

an inspirational message that says, "Choose to be happy"

Final Thoughts

Life is tough, but it is important to persist, and that’s what Optimists do. Optimists stay positive during challenging times by being hopeful yet realistic, living in the present, having a positive attitude, and focusing on their own journey.

Optimists choose to be happy, and they believe in themselves. No matter what life throws their way, Optimists stay strong and never give up as they progress through their own journey through life.

Optimists know that good things will happen if they just keep going.

an inspirational message that says, "Just keep going"

You, too, can become an optimist by following the tenets of the Optimist Creed promise to yourself.

Optimism is a choice.

You can choose to be optimistic, and you can choose to focus on your own journey. Be hopeful, be happy, and never give up!

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