How to Be Optimistic- Part II

Four Steps to Being More Optimistic

First, remember how you know that there is something more to the feelings.

Second, make vivid your transcendent vision of reality, by spending time fleshing it out, dreaming about it, nourishing it. Suggestions: good fiction, good non-fiction, surrounding yourself with others that cultivate the vision.

Third, establish concrete habits that affirm your optimism (if you aren’t doing something that accords with your transcendent vision then you don’t really have a guiding vision)

Fourth, incorporate ‘intrinsic tasks’ to your routines, with a very clear understanding of what they are ‘for’ (not for anything else, but for their own sakes)

Consider these Visionaries:

  • Steve Jobs – trying to ‘make a dent in the universe’ – “We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?”
  • Martin Luther King:   “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
  • Napoleon– ” The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.”
  • Churchhill: “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. “
  • Alexander the Great: “There is nothing impossible to him who will try.”

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I am a philosopher that is interested in what makes life worth living, what is worth pursuing, and how we can learn from the past. I believe that good philosophy benefits everyone and that there should be philosophers that present philosophy to those outside of the academy.