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It seems to me that quite a few people aren’t very positive. As teens some of us tend to say, “FML” or “My life sucks!” or  “I’m too ‘insert negative word here’” or “I wish I was her or him” and while it’s fine to say or think those things every once and a while, soon that way of thinking can turn on you when you least expect it. I think that by saying those negative words all the time unless we change, we may become them. It’s like the expression, “You are what you eat.” If you eat a lot of healthy food, you’ll be healthy. And this is the same thing with how you see yourself, so “You are what you think you are.”

For example, the story of The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper, is a perfect uplifting story about a small engine that believed he could by using optimism and perseverance as well as the famous phrase, “I think I can!” The small engine beat the odds and found that he could if he just believed in himself. Another example, is the saying that we should all surround ourselves with positive people because when your friends are positive, it rubs off on you and vice versa.Think about it, if the people you are around are optimistic and joyful, then you probably will be too. But if your entourage is filled with negative, angry and lazy people, than that’s what you may become.

For example, if you have a goal to get more active this year. Firstly, you need to believe that you are going to make it. Lastly, you ‘re going to have to do everything in your power to give you the best chance at making it possible. No matter how much you may want to, you can’t just sit on the sofa and watch TV. This means that, you have to start moving, because if you have your goal in mind and really believe that you can achieve it, than no one can hold you back other than yourself. 

So, the first step to being more optimistic and becoming the you that  want to be, is to start by quieting any pessimistic thoughts that you may have. I think that, you need to learn to ignore that little voice inside you or even the people around you who tell you that you are anything less than what you want to be. Whether that means putting pictures of happy faces on the walls of your room or simply listening to a catchy song. Maybe, it’s going for a run or watching your favourite movie. Put yourself, in a position where you feel happy because when others around you will see that you are, they will feel it too. So choose to be the you that you want to be and always remember to think that you already are, because then you’re already half way there.