I Promise Myself…

By: 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.


I Promise Myself

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“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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Darren Sproat Darren Sproat is an IT Manager, Career Coach, Social Media Aficionado, and Blogger. He brings 18 years of information technology experience, primarily in a management/coaching capacity, a drive for success, and a big smile to everything he does. He’s happily married to his high school sweetheart and a Dad to one angel on earth and one angel in heaven. Thank you for the opportunity to encourage and inspire. Stay connected with Darren using the buttons below.


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One Comment to “I Promise Myself…”

  • Martin says:

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    Darren thanks for reminder, and starting a thread or series of articles on The Creed, just what what many others may be able to benefit too as you explors the precepts.

    For me ,was given this Creed as a parting of momento in a plaque form by work colleagues many years back. Somehow left it left it behind on moving places overseas.

    Hey, it has caught up with me here ..I just love the creed and this article! By the way the article, Thought from your dad” is another favorite of mine too.One I could do with as I try and clip my young son under my wings !

    Loads of wisdom and vision! Rock On!

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