Train your mind to see the good in everything. Positivity is a choice. The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.

Train your mind to see the good in everything. Positivity is a choice. The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.

One does not decide one day to become an optimist, and the rest is a fait accompli.

To the contrary, being an optimist, requires daily diligence, and a regular attention to the understanding that a giant percentage of optimism is attitude, perception, and approach.

When you encounter somebody who is always looking on the dark side of something, you sense that there is a consistent sadness in their overall being that precludes them from enjoying many aspects of life that could potentially be so much more rewarding.

If they were just that much more cognizant of why their approach does not yield the outcomes that another might achieve under identical circumstances, they might rise from this sadness into a new chapter of life.

Is it solely that an optimist has better luck? I don’t believe this to be true. To the contrary, there are many aspects of optimism that create that proverbial luck and facilitate the pre-requisite of being the right person in the right place at the right time.

There’s no question that life is going to continually throw disappointing chapters at us. That is an inevitable set of parameters.

But…within these parameters come many moments that could potentially evolve, if you were to approach those moments with a slightly different mindset, and a willingness to anticipate that something much more opportune could develop. 

Remaining optimistic under difficult circumstances is very much an acquired skill. It doesn’t happen overnight, and it most certainly is not readily done without taking the time to fully understand and appreciate the circumstances under which you are operating.

It is imperative that you recognize that a focused perspective, attitude and willingness to grow, while simultaneously juggling some of the permutations that are not within your control, are all part of the tools of the practicing optimist.

Try looking on the bright side under all circumstances and you will inevitably see improvement in your life.

 Happy Monday!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!