Finding Optimism and the Hope to Keep Going
1. Make a Resolution
Optimism is abundant during the beginning of an idea. Your mind is filled with it as you see what your idea can become. But, as suddenly as it comes, the optimism is gone and the reality of how much work it will take sets in. Resolve to renew your optimism at the start of each work period. Write down a sentence or two about why you are doing this and why it is worth it. Re-read this sentence to yourself each time you start. The key is you resolve to do this every time begin, especially when the optimism is gone.
2. Focus on the Bright Spots. Remove the Negative.
The customer who is thrilled by your product. The experience you created for someone special. The feeling of satisfaction you receive when you know you put your all into what you do. These are just a few of the many bright spots that deserve your focus. There are so many people who are searching to bring you down to their level, but instead, rise above and keep your attention focused on what you do right, not wrong.
The fear of putting yourself out there, letting your work be scrutinized, and knowing people will judge can be paralyzing and a big drain on your optimism. But what you will find once you begin is that its really not so bad after all. In fact, the rush of living your passion and bringing it to the world is why you got here in the first place. Sometimes all it takes to regain your optimism, hope, and confidence is to begin.
This post was written by Aaron Aslin. Aaron is an entrepreneur, amateur philosopher, and blogger. He uses his background in marketing to bring people to ideas that inspire, motivate, and create purpose in their lives. You can follow him @aaronaslin and facebook.com/aaronaslin