My Favorite Inspiring Quotes
Commentary by Peter Shepherd
Optimism is required for any kind of achievement... otherwise, why even start? Your vision provides inspiration and energy. Pessimists have neither. Living in a dream, on the other hand, is unproductive - one needs to continually compare current reality with the vision, as that shows what remains to do. And equally important, compare the current reality with where you began, as that shows what's been achieved.
Still, it's important that our optimism is grounded in reality.
Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do, but you can change your mind about that barrier. You can go as far as your mind lets you. Be aware of what you are thinking now and support yourself with a more optimistic vision of the future. When you believe that vision is possible, you stand a good chance of achieving it. Turn your face towards the sun and the shadows fall behind you. As Daisaku Ikeda said, "Hope transforms pessimism into optimism. Hope changes everything."
As Nicholas Murray Butler said, "Optimism is essential to achievement. It is also the foundation of courage and true progress."
Optimism, hope and faith are all needed to create the life you want, the life of your dreams. If you really believe, and act on those beliefs, then anything and everything is possible.
Here’s some further reading on this theme...
Optimism is dependent on your view of adversity and the thoughts and feelings you internalize when experiencing a difficulty. How you think and feel changes what you actually do. The good news is this: if if optimism and the ability to scale the wall is not one of your natural talents (meaning that adversity creates the adrenaline to climb the wall), it can be learned. Continues...