The Recovering Pessimist

Helping pessimists see the bright side of life without losing their "half empty" roots.

Allow Yourself to Feel


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You invest time and energy into something with the hopes that it will be a success. You weigh the pros and cons, mentally preparing yourself for the worst while hoping for the best. Anxiety has you in shambles.

The countdown is over. It’s time to find out your fate…and it’s the worst case scenario.

*insert expletive of choice here*

No matter how much you prepare for it, disappointment hurts like hell. My way of dealing with disappointment was to be upset for a sec and then move on to whatever was next. That worked until this year when I realized that there’s beauty in disappointment.

The catch is, in order to experience the beauty in disappointment, I have to allow myself to feel the disappointment.

When you know better, you do better, right?

Until next time,


Just Try


The Recovering Pessimist: Just Try -- Do you really want to go through life wondering if you could've succeeded at something if you had just tried? What's the worst that could happen? You fail. But at least you'll know. | #amwriting #recoveringpessimist #optimisticpessimistMany of my accomplishments happened because of two words:

Just Try

Many of those accomplishments were out of my reach for several reasons (e.g., money, skills, etc.) & not worth the effort. It would’ve been easier to wave the white flag. But that sliver of optimism encouraged me to give it a try.


Because the worst thing that could happen is that I fail, which sucks. But there’s something worse than failure: Going through life wondering if I would’ve succeeded at something if I had tried.


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I'd rather try and fail, than not try and later realize I could've succeeded.

Besides, if it means that much to you, it’s worth the effort, right?

Stay ready…you know the rest,




Optimism: Key to Success


The purpose of this blog is to help me become more optimistic, which is a challenge in itself. On the other hand, adopting an optimistic outlook has counteracted the crippling fear that kept success from my reach.


The pessimist sees all the roadblocks standing in the way of success. The biggest roadblock being failure. Nothing gets accomplished with failure at the helm. Once I learned to see the roadblocks not as roadblocks, but as the steps to success, the impossible became possible.


Analyzing the Bright Side of Failure


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Failing numerous times to accomplish a task is incredibly frustrating. You give all that you can, and it’s still not good enough.

What’s the point in consistently trying if I’m consistently failing?

Honestly, it’s so much easier to throw in the towel. But what does throwing in the towel accomplish?

The ONLY thing it accomplishes is telling that voice in your head that it’s been right this entire time.

There’s no growth in quitting. Give yourself time to process and regroup.

When you’re ready, start picking the task apart. Note your approach step by step to the task and its result. Think about how you can possibly fix each piece and then think about how you can make that fix even better.

Most importantly, remember that nothing worth having is ever going to be easy to obtain.

If I can’t get this one thing accomplished, who’s to say that I’ll get everything else right?

If you’ve failed at something numerous times, you know how important it is to succeed. And you’ll be damned if you fail the rest of the journey.

Now go out there, work hard, and give failure the finger of your choice.

**This post is dedicated to JoJo. I hope this motivates you to continue on your journey.**


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