The Optimist’s Creed: Seeing the Glass Half-Full

The Holidays are a great time of year where we can spend time with our families and friends and celebrate all that we are blessed to have.  To me, the pervasive energy of the holidays is one of LOVE, and it is truly a magical time of year!

As we all reflect on the many things that we are thankful for during the holiday season, it is the perfect time to express my sincere appreciation for you, my readers!  My first year as a blogger has been truly fantastic, and it is because of each and every one of you.

Throughout this past year, I have blogged on topics such as confidence, authenticity, attitude, passion, appreciation, intention, health, perseverance, and celebrating yourself to name a few.  All of my posts center around our capacity to make conscious choices in each moment so we can truly live our lives to the fullest!  So we can experience true freedom in fulfillment in both business and life.

So today, in the midst of the busy-ness of the holiday season, I invite you to take a moment to slow down and center yourself, and get in touch with what it is really all about.  There is so much positivity and joy that surrounds the holidays, as we are filled with the love of family and friends and as we look to the promise of the new year.

Is it possible to carry that glass half-full attitude throughout the ENTIRE year?

An organization called Optimist International, has a mission to bring out the best in kids, and to help them develop to their full potential by providing hope and positive vision.  I want to share with you the creed they adopted as the cornerstone of their organization, because I believe this epitomizes the message I hope to leave my readers with here on my blog, and really IS what it’s all about. 🙂

So incredibly powerful, right?!

Below you’ll find the written version.  I invite you to print this out, hang it on a wall that you look at every day so you can soak in the inspiration and wisdom of this message and carry it with you every day, all year long!

Promise Yourself

Promise 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 worthwhile 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 expression at all times and give a smile to every living creature you meet.

To give so much time to improving 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.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud word, but in great deeds.

To live in the faith that the whole world is on your side, so long as you are true to the best that is in you.

The Optimist Creed was authored in 1912 by Chistian D. Larson, appearing in his book Your Forces and How to Use Them. It was adopted as Optimist International’s creed in 1922. Many have found inspiration in The Optimist Creed. In hospitals, the creed has been used to help patients recover from illness. In locker rooms, coaches have used it to motivate their players.

Happy Holidays ~ wishing you much joy, peace, love and abundance today and always!

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26 Responses to “The Optimist’s Creed: Seeing the Glass Half-Full”

  1. Darren Spruyt 21. Dec, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Hey Beth! Festive season is just around the corner! Great to know you’ve set time out to be express gratitude! Only when you appreciate what you currently have will the universe provide with more!

    I loved the creed! and the song was pretty nice too! 🙂 It definitely says so much on how we should be living our lives and treating the people around us. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

    Regards,
    Darren Spruyt
    Darren Spruyt´s last blog post ..5 Deadly Mistakes That Could End Up Getting You Ignored In Social Media

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    bethallen Reply:

    Hey Darren! Well I think it’s important to set aside time to express gratitude every day, but yes, the holidays are an extra special time to do so! 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed the creed ~ I love that song too! Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. Beth,
    What a beautiful saying to share at this time of year. Hope you don’t mind me sharing it on my FB Fan Page? Well worth getting this out to as many people as possible.

    Happy Holidays to you and your family Beth,
    Val 😉
    Know Your personality – http://www.valwilcox.com/personality/

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    bethallen Reply:

    Yes, I knew you’d love this too Val. 🙂 And why wouldn’t it be ok to share on your fan page? Finding things that your fans will resonate with and sharing it is what it’s all about, isn’t it?! Thanks so much for getting the word out. Happy Holidays to you as well!

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  3. This is a beautiful post! I am so happy to discover you and your blog today! I love that you write about topics such as confidence, authenticity, attitude, passion, appreciation, intention, health, perseverance, and celebrating yourself because …they are favorites of mine!

    Happy Holidays!

    and

    Thank you for this powerful video as well!

    ~ Nathalie

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    bethallen Reply:

    Well I’m so glad you discovered my blog as well, Nathalie! Sounds like we share a lot of common passions ~ we’ll have to connect on facebook and get to know one another better! Happy Holidays! 🙂

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  4. My Dear Beth,

    Leave it to you, despite the rush of the holidays, a little guy to take care of, multiple businesses and much, much MORE, to carve out time to send us a message of love.

    I am blessed to call you my friend.

    Mentor Mama

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    bethallen Reply:

    Aww, you are pure sweetness Nancy. I am blessed to call you my friend as well. 🙂 Yes, my plate has been a bit full as you know, but there’s always time to let my friends know how much I love them! You’re the best, happy holidays Mentor Mama!

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  5. Aloha Beth,

    Oh, I love the Optimist Creed! Seeing the glass as half full instead of half empty can change people’s lives quickly. Once I learned to do my best to see everything this way, I became so much happier and free. The funny thing was, everyone around me also became happy too! I thought isn’t that interesting? And then I realized it was me who was “the grouch”!! LOL!

    Thank you for your wonderful posts! Happy Holidays Beth! I am sure you will have so much fun with your little boy!

    Aloha,
    Kellie 🙂
    Kellie Hosaka´s last blog post ..The Greatest Gift You Can Give To Yourself

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    bethallen Reply:

    LOL! Yes, it is amazing when we realize that our world will mirror back to us what we think and feel! I’m so glad you found that happy and free place, because you are AMAZING, Kellie, and if you’d stayed the grouch you wouldn’t be making the massive impact you are on so many people! I’m not surprised you love this creed as well. 🙂 Hope your holidays were beautiful and blessed ~ I look forward to connecting again in the new year!

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  6. Beth,
    This is a GREAT intention to set for the New Year! Definitely our mindset influences everything in our lives, so why not be open and willing to trust that the Universe is conspiring for our highest good!
    Happy Holidays,
    Adam
    Dr. Adam Sheck´s last blog post ..5 Relationship Resolutions For The New Year

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    bethallen Reply:

    Yes, this creed is a GREAT intention for the new year! Thanks Adam, very well said! 🙂

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  7. You are right. We should try to have this attitude all during the year. My family and I try our best to do this. I think it creates a happier family, work place, place of worship, etc. Thank you for this article.
    Betty´s last blog post ..You May Fan Me Now

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  8. Beth, I love that you’ve called this out. I’m going through this whole mindset evolution and it is definitely something I’m working on all the time, not just this time of year. I like to use this time to reflect on the year, take forward the good, leave behind the bad, and set new/updated goals for the new year. Thanks for giving me a broader perspective and additional things to think about – appreciate your time and insight!
    Scott Ewart´s last blog post ..Is It Time To Start Your Own Movement

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    bethallen Reply:

    That’s awesome, Scott. Yes, mindset and personal growth is an evolution, and really has to be a lifelong practice to “work”. This is an amazing time of year for conscious reflection, completion and re-alignment. I look forward to getting to know you more in the new year, it’s great to connect and thanks for stopping by!

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  9. While wrote as a holiday post, this post is one of those timeless concepts. I love how well you do at embodying these concepts as well. You are definitely someone I think of when I think of someone that stays on the sunny side of life! Keep on shining girlfriend!
    Kimberly
    Kimberly Castleberry@Just Ask Kim´s last blog post ..Kimberly Featured In Influential Blogger Series

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    bethallen Reply:

    Yes, the optimists creed is absolutely timeless. I appreciate your sweet comment ~ I certainly try to stay on the sunny side, because it’s cold and dark on the other side! 😉

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  10. I am going to print this on my large printer in poster size for my office. Life always seems to go better when I’m happy and optimistic.
    Mark´s last blog post ..Anniversary Gifts and Gift ideas

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    bethallen Reply:

    Great idea, Mark! Life is better when we’re happy and optimistic, and those really are choices we get to make every single day! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

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  11. Great article, those points you mentioned just gave me something to think about.

    I mean, they are great a thing to remember when we are feeling overwhelmed by things in life, wich for me have been occurring quite often lately.
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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Fabio. Hope you are feeling less overwhelmed these days….glad my post has been able to help a bit with that process. 🙂

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  12. Yeah, you got that right. We have to always see the glass half-full instead of half-empty. That’s how the optimistic person seeing this life. It’s a great reminder, Beth. Thanks.
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    bethallen Reply:

    Right on, glad you agree, Andrew! 🙂 Thanks again for visiting.

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  13. Seeing the glass full enriches a person’s life who becomes exemplary for others as well. Struggle is a part of life and we cannot live our whole lives on negative outlooks. I’m beginning to like this blog very much because its about personal development which is an important aspect of our lives.

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    bethallen Reply:

    So glad you’re enjoying my blog, Dennis! I agree that we all have “struggles”, but it’s up to each of us to determine how we play it out! We can only move forward after all! 🙂

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  14. What wonderful words I think every person should read this because if you look at the video you see that there is just something that you do not do right. I have really be inspired and I agree that being optimistic and seeing the glass half full is the best approach to our daily challenges.

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