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You can be an optimist but can't change others

Posted April 1 2006

Q. Can you make an optimist out of a pessimist? -- J.D.M., Boynton Beach

A. Yes and no. If you are the pessimist, unequivocally, you can become an optimist. If you would like to change someone else, forget it. You have the power only to change yourself.

There is good news, though! When we change ourselves, those in our sphere of influence change as well. It is an evolving and dynamic process that constitutes the essence of life and quantum physics. As Deepak Chopra said: "You and I are essentially infinite choice-makers. In every moment of our existence, we are in that field of all possibilities with unbounded outcomes."

There are two types of optimists. The dynamic optimist recognizes that continual transcendence of personal limits fuels success and self-improvement. The passive optimist sits back, does nothing, and tells himself that everything will work out fine.

To be a dynamic optimist:

Refrain from complaining.

Develop a sense of abundance.

See the humor in life and in yourself.

Cultivate your desire for self-improvement.

Be self-confident.

Have integrity to your values.

Focus on attracting positive people and situations into your life.

Evidence now strongly suggests that the way we think and feel influences our health. "All that we are is the result of what we have thought," according to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

We truly have the capacity to change. It requires desire, intention and the willingness to be diligent in our pursuit of happiness.

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