The Sky is Falling...Not!

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Real Estate Agent with Irongate Realtors

INSPIRATION FOR TODAY:

"The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true."
- James B. Cabell

THE SKY IS  FALLING . . . NOT!

"The glass is half-full." "The glass is half-empty." "Looks like a beautiful day!" "I think it's going to rain." "I'm happy." "I'm depressed." "I'm an optimist!" "How can you be an optimist with things the way they are?"

OK, we all know the difference between an optimist and a pessimist - right? In some of Steven Covey's material, he states that "no one knows enough to be a pessimist." Pessimism, more often than not, is generated by inner fears, most likely fears "of the unknown." Hence, "No one knows enough to be a pessimist."

Consider the child about to learn the art of riding a bike. "I know I'm going to fall," proclaims the child - just before taking a skinned knee. After a week of practice, is the child still fearful? Once bike riding becomes second nature, i.e. once the child "knows" enough about bike riding, the fear (a.k.a. pessimism) disappears.

Just as the child's pessimism ("I'm going to fall...") precedes the skinned knee, our other pessimistic thoughts may precede our worst fears. By substituting a positive thought for a negative one, therefore, is it not possible that the action that follows might also be positive?

Add to that positive thought an extra measure of learning and knowledge, and it's highly unlikely there will continue to be room for either the pessimism or the subsequent negative action. From one optimist to another, heed this advice: "Don't worry - be happy!"

Julie Beall

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John Armstrong
Coldwell Banker Heart of America - Bloomington-Normal, IL

Attitude is everything. I hear more agents talking about how bad things are. Its a self fulfilling prophecy.

Apr 07, 2010 12:50 AM #1
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John Armstrong
Coldwell Banker Heart of America - Bloomington-Normal, IL

Attitude is everything. I hear more agents talking about how bad things are. Its a self fulfilling prophecy.

Apr 07, 2010 12:50 AM #2
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Don MacLean
New England Real Estate Center Inc. - Easton, MA
Realtor-Homes for Sale- Easton, Mass 02356

Don't forget the realist, you know the one who washes the glass when the other 2 are done.

Enjoy the day

Apr 07, 2010 12:50 AM #4
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Melissa Juarez
Massachusetts Buyers Broker Agency, LLC - Quincy, MA

Julie thanks for the post and the inspirational message. Have a great Spring!

Apr 07, 2010 12:55 AM #5
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Harry F. D'Elia III
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There are far too many Chicken Littles in this world. Sky is not falling.

Apr 07, 2010 01:02 AM #6
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Michael Setunsky
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Julie, it is all about attitude. Thanks for the inspirational post this morning.

Apr 07, 2010 01:14 AM #7
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David Saks
(retired) - Memphis, TN

The optimist believes that waking up and getting out of bed in morning is success. The pessimist believes that his wife will burn the toast.

Apr 07, 2010 02:13 AM #8
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