The Optimist Creed

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

As you know, self confident people have three things in common.

  • Self confident people are optimistic.
  • Self confident people face their fears and deal with them.
  • Self confident people surround themselves with positive people.

Today, I’d like to focus on optimism.  When I was a young guy, I participated in the Optimist International oratory contest.  It was a great experience for me; one that gave me some of the confidence I needed to become a professional speaker. 

Optimist International is a great service organization.  Their mission is to bring out the best in kids and to help them develop to their full potential by providing hope and positive vision. 

The Optimist Creed is some of the best common sense advice I’ve ever seen.  I have it posted in my office.  See for yourself.

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.

I believe that if you follow this common sense advice, you will not only become a self confident person, you will become a success in your career and life.

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 leading people and running a small business.

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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