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Why you don’t need the occasional pessimism

By Isaac Adewale Omole       Feb 04, 2017

Why you don’t need the occasional pessimism

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I once heard someone say bad things happen and they are a part of our lives; and in fact, we cannot escape the occasional disappointments that come our way.

All true. I’m sure even you agree with that statement. Of course, we have been through our fair share of bad, horrible times to know that things don’t always go as planned. Life is not what the Hollywood movies want us to believe.

But the bone of contention is not the statement. No. I completely agree we may face some unexpected situations. For example, no one predicted Donald Trump becoming the new US president – not a majority at least; or that the Nigerian Air Force can erroneously bomb a civilian camp.

The problem, and why I’m writing this post, is what the statement attempts to justify.

Pessimism is a major problem facing many people. It’s like an addiction – deeply rooted in the bones.

You may have seen some factors that make you say, “Well, this isn’t going to work.” But you don’t have to lose hope. Because in most cases, there is no rational explanation for pessimism.

High achievers don’t have that attitude. Even if they do, believe me, they are working hard to kill it. Because it complicates everything.

Someone said successful people see opportunities in a problem while the unsuccessful pick out the difficulties in every opportunity. That’s what I’m talking about.

Addiction starts with the first attempt. The journey of a thousand miles starts with one step.

Pessimism comes in disguise. You may see it as being sincere and honest. Yes, we all like to live in the reality of things. Let’s call it what it is and shame the devil.

But you don’t need it. Not occasionally, and definitely not regularly. No need to sulk and be gloomy.

What you need right now is hope. Something worth fighting for; that’s the essence of everything – hope.

Be positively minded, build a cheerful attitude. Even when the outlook of things isn’t pretty and things are going awry, choose to be positive.

Say things like, “It’s all going to be alright.” You don’t have to lie, but be positive. You acknowledge that things aren’t how they should be, but you back it up with hope of something better. Your words are powerful and can shape your life.

So when things get tough, encourage yourself. There’s a lot of strength to turn things around when you choose to be positive.

Rather than take the occasional pill of pessimism, nourish your mind with plenty of hope.

Choose hope now and always and you will begin to enjoy a positive life.


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