The Optimist Creed, Part 2

Today is Monday, so this post is on self confidence.

For the next few Monday’s I will be focusing on The Optimist Creed.  I did a post on it two Monday’s ago.  If you missed that post, here it is again.

The Optimist Creed

Promise Yourself:

  • To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
  • To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
  • To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
  • To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
  • To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
  • To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
  • To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
  • To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
  • To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
  • To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

Last week, I focused on the first point in the Optimist Creed.  Today, I will focus on the second point.  “Promise yourself to talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.”

This is really important concept and one that has to do with the idea behind affirmations.  An affirmation is a positive statement of the future you desire.  I often use this affirmation.  “I am a successful author, whose books inspire and help people become successful in their lives and careers.”

I like the idea of affirmations.  I believe they work.  I have even gone to what some people would say are extremes in creating one.  As a speaker, I aspire to be a star; someone in high demand.  I often repeat the affirmation, “Bud Bilanich is a star.” 

But there is more to this story.  In 2006, I went to the Name a Star website and named a star after myself. Now I can say “Bud Bilanich is a star” and really believe it, because Bud Bilanich really is a star.

Bud Bilanich the star, is Catalog Number TYC  868-1011-1 in the constellation Leo. Bud Bilanich has a Visual Magnitude indicator of 11.2. Right Ascension is 11h 58m 21s. Declination is 11degrees, 43,’18.”

I don’t have a clue what all of these things mean, except the constellation Leo, which I chose because my birthday is August 14. But I do know one thing. Bud Bilanich is a star!

How’s that for an affirmation? Affirmations work. And you don’t have to go to the lengths I did to make them work. Just decide what you want, visualize yourself as having it, and tell yourself you have it. Then do what ever it takes to make that affirmation come true.

That’s what the second point in the Optimist Creed, “talk health, happiness and prosperity” to yourself and others, and you will become healthy, happy and prosperous.  You will also be a beacon to those around you.  You’ll be someone to whom they can turn when seeds of doubt enter their mind. 
And, people will like you more.  Who doesn’t want to be around a positive person who talks, health, happiness and prosperity?

The common sense point here is simple.  The second point of the Optimist Creed, like the other nine, is a valuable tool for helping you develop your self confidence and help the people around you develop theirs.

That’s it for today.  Thanks for reading.  Log on to my website for more common sense.  Check out my other blog: for common sense advice on becoming the career and life success you are meant to be and to get a copy of my new ebook Star Power: Common Sense Ideas for Career and Life Success.

I’ll see you around the web, and at Alex’s Lemonade Stand.


PS: Speaking of Alex’s Lemonade Stand – my fundraising page is still open.  Please go to to read Alex’s inspiring story and to donate if you can.

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