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Did you hear about the good "shirt pocket technique"? A few decades ago this technique was very popular among purpose-driven people, those who constantly wanted to improve their thinking templates and to create a positive approach in life. They use to write sayings and quotations on little cards and kept them in the shirt pocket. Putting the cards into the pocket meant placing the quotations over the heart, in a way emphasizing the emotional factor. They have read those cards repeatedly until, by a process of intellectual osmosis, they pass from the conscious to the subconscious mind and so become determinative.

Nowadays there is no need for paper cards as we all have 24/7 access to the instant online stream of sayings and quotations in social media. I know that people like reading them, this is why almost everybody with the account in social media posts quotations. Do we have a special pocket (folder) for them? Do we make an effort to make them part of our beliefs and subsequently subconscious mind?

In my search for quotations about hope and optimism, I have found an amazing Creed created by Optimist International sponsors clubs adopted in 1912. It is a fascinating collection of positive statements that can have a great impact on people's life if accepted and applied. Here is the full text:

"Promise yourself:

> To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace and 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 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 the 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 it can be enormously helpful if remembered by heart. Repeated often. Applied all the time.

You can find about Optimist International here>>>


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