By Gary W. Moore
If you are to only read one of my columns this year and take it to heart … make it this one.
A new year is upon us and I couldn’t be happier. I don’t think that in my lifetime I’ve been more relieved to see a year end and a new year begin.
With that said, there is nothing magical about turning the page on a calendar. If magic is to happen, it happens in our heads and hearts by creating an optimistic view of what is to come and taking positive actions that make our optimism real.
I’m optimistic that 2021 will be a better year. This isn’t wishful thinking. We have two new vaccines that are now approved and being administered. I’m hearing that a third and maybe a fourth could be approved early this year. The news is promising and 2021 will be a positive year of turnaround and renewal.
So, we’re upon a new year. Now what?
My dad used to always say, “If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got.” That’s true for everything we do, including how we approach this new year. Our happiness and success can be determined by an optimistic approach to 2021. In other words, you have the power to be the change you wish for your life. And why not?
The difference with last year was that there was so much out of our control. A pandemic of the size and scope of Covid-19 changes everything. Losses of life, jobs and personal freedoms are beyond our ability to control, so 2021 can lead to a new and better season.
I believe that almost every successful person will begin this year with the idea that “This year will be a better year than last, and I have the power to make it so.”
I already know that a large group of Americans have decided to have a bad year. Pessimism with some abound as they find it difficult to see the brightness ahead. That is a choice they make based on opinion and not fact, and it will drive and guide the results of their new year.
For me, and hopefully you, the voice of truth tells us a different story and that truth is that 2021 will be a year of tremendous positive turnaround. Again, the vaccines alone are a game changer. As the vaccines continue to be administered, I believe our economy will begin opening and our personal freedoms restored. Could the news be more positive?
So, we have a choice to make. We can wallow in the past pain of 2020 or rejoice and celebrate the brighter days ahead in 2021. Optimism is a choice for happiness and success, while pessimism is a choice for misery and failure. Which will you choose?
I already hear a response of “Yeah, but …”
But what? The choice could not be clearer and there really are only two choices. Some may say “wait and see” which is also a choice, but I believe that is a choice for pessimism. The wait and see crowd always get what’s left over as the optimists act quickly and seize the day. What if we instead said, “yeah, and…”
In other words, we can grieve and lament 2020, and we can be hopeful and optimistic for 2021.
Optimism takes no more energy than pessimism and studies show that optimists are both happier and achieve more in life. How can someone purposely choose pessimism?
I’ve said it over and over … and will say it again. Your belief system creates a mind/heart conspiracy to make what you believe will happen, come true.
Napoleon Hill said, “What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” I don’t believe truer words have ever been spoken, yet so many purposely avoid optimism. Please … don’t let this be you. Choose a better year for you and your family.
I’m out of space for now but will continue next week. Please consider the power of your belief system in creating a better year. Optimism is a choice to be happier, healthier, and more successful. Why would you choose otherwise?
Until next week, consider this ancient wisdom from Marcus Aurelius. “You have power over your mind, not events. Realize this and you will find strength.”
You hold the key to your own magic. It’s a new year. I’m choosing to optimistically make 2021 my best year, ever. You can too.
Will you join me?
Submitted by Gary W. Moore, a freelance columnist, speaker, and author of three books, including the award-winning, critically acclaimed, “Playing with the Enemy.” Follow Gary on Twitter @GaryWMoore721 and at www.garywmoore.com
Gary W. Moore is a freelance columnist, speaker, and author of three books including the award-winning, critically acclaimed, “Playing with the Enemy.” Follow Gary on Twitter @GaryWMoore721 and at www.garywmoore.com