Chasing the Dream: Your glass is half full
Are you an optimist? If not, it's time to exercise your positive bone. Positivity is a powerful force that can help you achieve your dreams and goals.
Fine artist Elizabeth Floyd is a work-at-home mom to an infant daughter who paints still life and landscape oil paintings. She's also a positive thinker. "My mantra on many a day is, 'I can't do it all, but I can try to do a lot,' which is an amazing mind-elixir because when I remind myself this, my mind clears, stress fades and the energy to tackle whatever needs my immediate attention returns. By allowing myself to acknowledge that maybe not everything will get done, I find I am able to be more flexible and adapt the way I need to work," says Floyd.
Her optimism has paid off. Over the last year, her goal has been to keep her art career growing. "One of my paintings was accepted into a very competitive juried exhibition -- Salon International held at Greenhouse Gallery in San Antonio, Texas -- [and] I have been selling my artwork at a faster rate than in the previous two years, and I am planning on participating in a large art event in D.C. starting in May," says Floyd.
Can optimism work for you, too?
Power in positivity
Norman Vincent Peale once said, "People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves, they have the first secret of success." Peale is a famed preacher and author of The Power of Positive Thinking.
This is more than a nice thought -- positive thinking is the premise of many success strategies including The Secret. It's what moms-to-be draw on when pregnancy gets challenging. And it's what we place our faith in when we send our children off to school on the school bus. We probably shouldn't be surprised that positivity works either. While negative thoughts can cut us down and keep us from going for really huge dreams, positive thoughts are beacons of hope that lead us to our dreams.