I Promise Myself…By: Darren Sproat Mar 25th, 2009
Category: The Creed
This post is one in a series of posts inspired by “Promises to Yourself”, by Christian D. Larson. Check out the whole series and leave us a comment with your thoughts.
“Promises to Yourself”, a work authored by Christian D. Larson, was published in his book, “Your Forces and How to Use Them”, in 1912. Christian D. Larson believed that with a positive attitude people could achieve beyond their imagination. It is a work I have employed in my life and refer to it often. Today, it is commonly referred to as The Optimist’s Creed…
The Optimist’s Creed:
I Promise Myself…
- To be so strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind.
- To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to everyone I meet.
- To make all my friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them.
- To look at the sunny-side of everything and make my 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 I am about my 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 I meet.
- To give so much time improving myself that I 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 myself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words, but in great deeds.
- To live in the faith that the whole world is on my side, so long as I am true to the best that is in me.
~ Christian D. Larson ~
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