On January 2nd many people returned to work full of enthusiasm for the New Year. 2008 had arrived and the optimist inside was refreshed. I saw it in everyone I encountered: people in line at Starbucks were all ready to take on the world.
I loved all the upbeat vibes that were flying around only a few short days ago. Joy and optimism were on people's faces and all over the internet. Party goers and football fans were awash in splendor. On January 1st those on Twitter were tweeting with links to the best goal setting/resolution/predicting posts. Everyone was happy to have a fresh slate. It seems that our culture thrives on the idea of the new start that comes along with the changing on the calendar.
So here are my Top Five Ways To Cultivate Your Optimism:
2. Have a "wake up thought". Yes, this sounds hokey...but so what. As soon as you wake in the morning think of why it is going to be a great day. Too many people wake up in a bad mood and that sets the tone for the whole day. Focus on the positive in your life and concentrate on what will make your day phenomenal.
4. Network. All opportunities come from people. You never know whom might come into your life and give you the chance to realize your dreams. For this reason you owe it to yourself to expand your circle of influence. However, you must remember that building real relationships takes both time and effort on your part. Opportunities will not just fall out of the sky because you passed out business cards or created a digital link to others.
You can be excited about your future for more than just a few days. Your state of mind will make all the difference in the world. The choice is yours.