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Your Outlook On Life

What is your outlook on life? Optimistic? Pessimistic? Indifferent? Do you learn from life’s lessons? Do you strive to be better or do you simply coast through life.

There are a lot of people on this planet and there are a lot of different personalities. Some are go-getters while others seem to be under-achievers. Some seem to have all the luck while others just can’t catch a break. I won’t deny that one’s surroundings have a large impact on one’s life and one’s outlook but I firmly believe that one can CHOOSE their outlook on life and thus change their life in general.

In my never-ending quest to help improve people’s lives I shall put forth yet another list (I love my lists!) to outline some key items that I think will help improve that outlook on life and get you to where you want to be.

  1. Think Positive – It’s that simple. When you believe good stuff will happen, it usually does. When something not-so-great happens, write it off as an unfortunate instance and carry on with a positive outlook. All the great leaders, be it athletes or scholars, have a positive attitude and keep moving forward.
  2. Learn From Your Mistakes – Don’t even think of them as “mistakes” but think of them as learning opportunities. As a kid, when you were learning arithmetic, you most likely made a mistake here and there. You had your “2” table down but “3” gave you fits. Eventually you figured out 3×5=15, right? If you didn’t learn from your mistakes (ie, 3×5 does NOT equal 11) then you wouldn’t have learned your 3 table. You can apply this to all of life. Really…you can.
  3. Strive to Learn More – Anyone can be a master at something. Don’t you agree it’s nice to know the ins-and-outs of something? Continuing to learn not only keeps that brain fresh but it also gives you self-confidence as you continue to learn.
  4. Create a Better Surrounding – Be it a physical surrounding (move to a better city or neighborhood) or other (better group of friends), find a way to make it better. When you are surrounded by more positive influences you will not only be held down less but you will also be propped up more. That’s a double-whammy of goodness right there!
  5. Stay Fit – I’m a firm believer in the mind-body connection. When you have less physical ailments, you can concentrate on other things. When you have a plethora of endorphins and healthy hormones coursing through your body, your brain works better. You don’t have to be a star athlete but simply staying fit will not only help your brain work better but that boost in self-confidence is a great byproduct.

Anyone can have a healthy outlook on life. Conversely, anyone can have an unhealthy outlook. Choose the healthy side…it will improve your life dramatically.

As a point of reference, we are two days away from the year mark of my mom’s, my best friend in life, passing. I could choose to be bitter, angry, sad. I choose not to be. I know sadness will overcome me now and then along with some grief, but I will choose to remember all the great things this woman did for me and for everyone’s lives that she touched. I am who I am because of her and I like it (I’m pretty sure my friends and family like it too). When I think of my mother I think of greatness, of learning, of laughing, of love. That’s a great basis for a healthy outlook on life.