Abuse the Drug Called Optimism

Optimism is an underrated mind set to have.

Optimism is the start to achieving your dreams. Not your goals, but your dreams.

What is it that you want?

Do you want more time to spend with your children?

Do you want to travel the world?

Do you want to start your own business?

Whatever it is, you can achieve it.

I don’t need to know anything about you to know that you can do it. I know this because it’s very likely that many others have also achieved your goals.

And if they can do it, then why can’t you?

Don’t give the typical excuses of I don’t have time, it’s too risky, I don’t know what I’m doing, or whatever other excuse you can think of.

Excuses are just that, excuses. They stem from a pessimistic mindset.

You can do it, and you know you can.

You will most likely fail, a lot! However, you should welcome failure.

With an optimistic mindset, you can perceive failure as success. With failure comes knowledge.

When I fail, I look to see where I went wrong and work to correct that mistake next time. This is how we improve ourselves.

We are often taught that failure is a negative thing. This is most likely the fault of the current education system.


Failure means you are one step closer to success.

Failure + correction smaller


I am currently in a place where it feels like the world is literally trying to squash me.

My plan was to graduate with a BS in psychology and continue my education in grad school. Unfortunately, that cannot happen now as my son’s mother and I split during my final semester. This means if I go to grad school, I leave my son.

And my son ranks wayyyy higher on my priorities than a degree.

I know I can go online. However, I do not think I will be as successful with that route. So, for now, I will be waiting until the time comes. However, I have not given up. I am simply waiting for the next opportunity.

This is probably the easiest problem I am having to accept. I won’t get into the others as I am trying to spread positivity, not talk about the negative aspects of my life.

But my point is, we all have problems. We just can’t let them stop us from achieving what we so desire.

I’m choosing to have an optimistic demeanor with my problem.

I’m looking at the positives.

Which means I’m not going to be spending all weekend writing a 10 page paper on Freud’s psychodynamic theory complete with references for my claims.


Now I get to write about how AWESOME it is to be a dad. I love psychology, but being a dad and writing about it is way more fun.

Here’s a Video on optimism about some of the power it brings.

Today’s Lesson: Be optimistic. You can do anything you put your mind to.

Stay Positive.


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