Are you a glass-half-full person or a glass-half-empty? I have been thinking a lot about this topic for quite some time now, and I think it deserves a deeper dive. First, let's be clear about the fullness of the glass. It revolves around your perspective in life. How you see the world, yourself, others, and various situations that occur.
If you are a glass-half-full person, you will generally see the good in yourself, other people, and situations before exploring anything negative. In fact, you will tend to ignore anything other than the positive outcomes. You are usually hopeful and tend to learn from all experiences, good or bad. Some call this being an optimist.
On the other hand, if you are a glass-half-empty person, you will pick apart your shortfalls and find the worst in people. You might even plan on failure before you can ever succeed in various situations. You are likely to be less hopeful and think that things are worse than they usually become. Most will call this type of person a pessimist.
In many partnerships, whether it be relationships or business, there is usually an optimist and a pessimistic person at the helm of the relationship. This can create a balance between the two; in fact, the cynical person might even call themselves a realist to justify their thought pattern. That's ok because as long as there is balance, things can always be worked out.
I'm sure most of you know by now that I fall into the glass-half-full category. I would love to give you a few suggestions on how you can keep your glass more full even if it tends to lean on the emptier side.
- Put a smile on your face regardless of what you feel. Smiling can actually change your attitude and create a positive feeling inside you to overcome any person or situation that might bring you down.
- Surround yourself with positive and inspiring people. I have to admit that negative and pessimistic people tend to flock together, as do positive individuals. So, try your best to surround yourself with positive people, and don't be afraid to learn a thing or two from them.
- Wake up every morning and focus on the things you are grateful and thankful for. This is extremely important in realizing that no matter what happens around you or who you might encounter, all is well in your world.
- Try your very best to bite your tongue before speaking anything negative about a person or situation. Realize that what you say is as powerful as what you believe, and all can be changed with just words and thoughts.
- Be the best version of yourself every moment and know that none of the negative really matters in the extended scheme of things. The only thing people will remember about you is your love for others, your integrity, and maybe your view of the world. The last part might just be the glass, so just in case...keep it as full as you can.
My affirmation for you this week is:
"I am focusing on my perspective in life and striving for my glass to be mostly full."