Leg 1: Self-knowledge. Self-knowledge enables us to understand how we shape our thoughts, feelings and attitudes. It enables us to become aware of our true values and align ourselves to them. Try this: Recall a time when you were pessimistic. How did it feel? How did things go? Now recall a time when you were optimistic. How did you feel? How did things go? Which felt more comfortable?
Leg 2: Purpose. A sense of purpose or having a clear aim gives us direction, motivation and determination. Here, purpose is something aligned with our heart. It doesn’t have to relate to our job. It can relate to spreading peace in our world, bringing a smile to other’s faces or giving others hope.
Leg 3: A Belief in Something Greater than Oneself. This might be trusting that the universe has got your back to trusting in a Higher Power. It is knowing that in some way you are supported by the universe or a Higher Power.
Leg 4: Faith. This is faith in our self, in a Higher Power, in life and in others. This isn’t blind faith, rather it is a faith grounded in knowledge and that strengthens with experience. It is a faith that allows us to keep moving forward knowing that all is well, and all will be well.
A final thought. When we fluctuate into a more pessimistic outlook we might think that shifting back into an optimistic one is being unreal. However, what if being optimistic is being more real than being pessimistic? After all, it feels more comfortable doesn’t it?