I believe in self-improvement firmly and I love reading books. Combine these two and you get a self-help book junkie. There are so many books in that category out there and seem to be saying the same messages in different ways over and over again.
I came across this particular piece of advice in 2011 on a website; I just loved the clear-cut, no-nonsense message of this piece of advice. It is one of those things where you think nothing can be added or subtracted. Even though this was not the first ‘New Age’ advice, I believe that it is the father of all self-help theories. Everything else seems to originate from these golden words.
It is self-improvement, positive thinking, law of attraction, good karma etc. in just 12 rules.
“The Optimist’s Creed”
It was authored by Christian D. Larson in 1912 and was published in his book ‘Your Forces and How to Use Them‘.
I Promise myself:
– To be strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind.
– To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person I meet.
– To make all my friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them.
– To look at 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 to 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.
My favorite: (9th one) To give so much time to improving myself that I have no time to criticize others.
I cannot believe I just admitted that I love that quote, I am very judgmental. And there’s always a match going on in my mind, or rather between the positive happy part and a negative judgmental part of my mind. Criticizing can only happen if we judge someone and weigh them against our standards; and then find them not up to the mark.
It is not about criticizing openly or behind closed doors, it is about measuring someone according to something you think is good or not and then deciding, usually once and for all, that they do not hold up in your eyes. So many chances of having fun in life, making new friends and having new experiences can be lost because of that one judgmental look.
Which one is your favorite amongst these? Do you read self-help books?
Thanks for reading. Have a great day!