…You can either be positive or negative; an optimist or a pessimist. I choose to be an optimist. It’s all a matter of perspective. – Harvey Mackay



We can thank American entrepreneur, motivational speaker, author, and syndicated columnist Harvey Mackay for today’s quote. It’s timely for me because I am beginning to realize that there is always going to be something major (and stressful) going on in my life. What is important is my outlook when I face these matters.

…I’ve made a half dozen different decisions in the past 18 months or so that could have completely changed the trajectory of my life (or at the very least the next 18 months of it). Many of these choices were at the time something approaching coin flips; I didn’t know what the right decision was, and in some cases I’ll never really know what the other side of the choice I didn’t make would have looked like.

What I *do* know is that I’m still here. I’m moving forward, and growing a little bit every day. I may or may not have made the best possible call in each of those cases, but the sun is still rising and setting every day. And I’m fine… maybe even thriving.

…Many people – and I include myself in this population – have a tendency to sweat things we have no control over. We spend stressful days and sleepless nights imagining the worst case scenarios that may arise from our decisions, weighing ourselves down with fear of the unknown as opposed to accepting the things that we can’t control.

Uncertainty is a part of life. I know it’s cliché, but I feel the need to say it because if more people freed themselves to understand this then it would also free them to truly live, in the process becoming the best possible versions of themselves.

…So as we get started this week, I want to encourage you to wake up each day choosing to be an optimist. Life throws all of us challenges… but we can take most of them.

Don’t be afraid. Keep learning. Keep growing. Keep smiling.

Everything is going to be fine.

Happy Monday,