The Recovering Pessimist

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

Humble Thyself


The Recovering Pessimist: Humble Thyself-- Remember where you came from and how you got where you are. | #amwriting #recoveringpessimist

When I was growing up, the elders in my life reminded me to always stay humble:

Don’t forget where you came from.

Keep the passion and drive that made you successful.

There’s always someone waiting in the wings for you to stumble.

I saw so many people get a taste of success and an ego to match. They just knew they were the bee’s knees and thought nobody could tell them otherwise. Little did they know, the Universe has a way of humbling you. Understanding that is enough of a reminder for me to stay humble.

[bctt tweet=”No matter how successful I become in life, it’s imperative to remember the sleepless nights and the sacrifices that contributed to my success.”]

Struggle is a part of my life and I wouldn’t change that for the world. It forces me to appreciate what I have and work twice as hard for the things I want. I’m forever grateful to my elders, whose wisdom keeps me humble. Stay humble, continue to grind, celebrate your wins, and your losses.

Success awaits you. Make it happen.


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.


My Version of Success


Back in September, I received my Monday Motivation email from Britni Danielle. In the email, she asked subscribers the following question:

What does success look like to you?

Next was a series of questions designed to inspire the reader to work towards creating the life they really want. What initially appeared to be a simple exercise was really eye-opening and I wanted to share it with you.

Am I happy?

If not, what would make me happier?

I feel most successful when?

I really, really want to accomplish __________.

What’s stopping me?

Is that just an excuse?

How can I overcome it?

Today I will do________ to get me closer to_________.

(After you get through the questions, the reader is instructed to  jot down a brief description of his/her ideal life using the following questions.)

What do you do for a living? Where do you live? What do you feel like? Who are you sharing it with?

That’s the end of the exercise.

When I finished, I felt so relieved. Not because the exercise was difficult, but because I realized that successful was within my reach. Prior to receiving the email, the idea of success was so overwhelming. The email helped me evaluate what was preventing me from accomplishing my version of success. I printed multiple copies and placed them all over my home. A visual reminder for me to do something daily to work towards my version of success.




Do you think it’s better to play it safe or to take risks?

I rather take the risk with a 50/50 chance, than to play safe and later realize that I could have be successful. Simple as that.

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