I took a sheet of paper and divided it into two columns: “Yes People” and “No People”. Then I thought about individuals I knew and wrote their names in the appropriate column. What a shock it was to see the length of the “No” list. These were the people who heard someone say, “You can’t do that!” and they believed it. Now they were saying, “It can’t be done!” and their negativity was affecting the lives of others.
If your friends made such a list right now, under which heading would they write your name? Do they see you as enthusiastic, affirmative and optimistic? Or do they believe you see more problems than solutions?
It’s time to knock the “t” off the “can’t”. As author Frank Hughes says: “I will say this about being an optimist; even when things don’t turn out well, you are certain they will get better.”
You are only a decision away from responding with hope instead of fear, with encouragement instead of criticism, with belief instead of despair. It’s your choice!
~ NEIL ESKELIN