On Becoming An Optimist

Hello my friends,

As you probably know by now, the great Zig Ziglar passed away earlier this week.  He was one of the legends of the personal development industry and had a tremendously positive influence on millions of people, including yours truly. My condolences to the Ziglar family. My blog post today will be about optimism, something I learned quite a bit about listening to and reading the works of Zig Ziglar. Zig Ziglar

Here are my three steps to becoming more optimistic, or even a true-blue optimist!

  1. Visualize success! We’ve talked about it before, but it is vital for you to see positive outcomes before you experience those positive outcomes. Again, this is counterintuitive to many people but is nevertheless true. You must set a positive intention by seeing yourself achieving the results, the outcomes and goals that you have set.
  2. Act on that intention! Thinking about it is not enough, it’s just the beginning. You’ve heard of the term “force of habit”. Well it’s true that habits do form us. but who creates our habits? We do! Create your habits, then your habits create you. Use daily affirmations to remind your conscious mind of how you will conduct yourself during that day and how you expect the world to respond to your actions.
  3. If you have just begun your journey to optimism, it is important that you analyze your old habits of self sabotage. When you encounter temporary Trapsetbacks were discouraging events, what negative thoughts typically enter your mind? What “stinking thinking” is part of your mindset? Now, prepare a trap for those thoughts, a positive phrase to counter the negativity. Arm yourself for that moment when you would typically become discouraged and give up.here’s another strategy that works well; when facing a difficulty, ask yourself “How would Zig Ziglar respond to the situation?” “What would he think or feel?”  And most importantly, “What would Zig do in the circumstances?”

The Optimist Creed

Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your 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 you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you 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.

RIP Zig.

All the best,


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About eddecosta

Business and Executive Coach
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