"Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push.
A smile. A word of optimism and hope. A 'you can do it' when things are tough.
-- Richard M. DeVos


Commit Yourself:

*  To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

*  To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.

*  To make all your friends feel that there is something special in them.

*  To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

*  To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.

*  To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

*  To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

*  To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.

*  To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

*  To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

(Gray, Stephens & Van Diest, 2001, pps. 54-55)

Reference: Gray, A., Stephens, S., & Van Diest, J. (2001). Lists to live by. Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers.

Reprinted with permission from the OSU Leadership Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, (614) 292-3114


Gray and Van Diest have put together a list that can make a difference to you. This week answer the question: "Am I committed to optimism?"

If yes, what will you do to show your commitment?

Observe what happens.

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