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Personal Responsibility and Optimism

I'm a big believer in optimism.  I'm not perfect at it, but I've come a long way. I, like many of you, grew up is a world of skepticism an pessimism. To be optimistic is just a matter of developing new habits of thought.  We've all heard the saying that attitude is a choice, but it takes time to really internalize that.  I used to get upset when the BYU football team lost a game. Now, I enjoy watching a game whether they win or lose. I want them to win, but when I really thought about it, was it worth it to watch a game if there was a possibility of a negative outcome to myself?


The made the same decision as we approached the presedential election.  I really wanted to have Mitt Romney as the President of this wonderful country. I wanted it for many reasons, but when I learned that Obama would be president for another 4 years, it was a goodrealization that it really didn't impact my attitude, and I went on to have a wonderful day.  I admit I don't have a secret strategy that allowed this to happen, but I think it really just comes down to choice and perpsective.  I made the choice that I would still be happy if Obama won the election, and I also make an effort to keep negative things in perspective will the abundance of positive things in my life.


I learned many years ago from a great man named Rich Thawley about the importance of assuming 100% responsiblity in life.  This wise councel is also taught by Steven Covey in the 7 Habits.  The idea of assuming 100% responsibilty is a great contrast to the commonly taught 'virtue' of compromise and of a 50/50 relationship, and it's taken a lot of time to change my thought habits in this regard too.  I'm certainly still deveoping it, but I now know without question that great personal power comes by being 100% responsible, and by eliminating all excuses, no matter how valid they are.