“There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow.”
– Orison Swett Marden, early self-help writer
We all have them: good days, and not so good days. If you would like to increase the number of good ones, work on your optimism muscle, always hoping for (and, yes, working toward) a better future.
Consider the difference between the hopeful worker on a Friday, looking forward to the weekend, versus the sad and blue individual on a Sunday evening, not so delighted about the Monday ahead.
Ask yourself these questions, whether you are in a good mood or not, to provide yourself and others with a tonic for a better tomorrow:
• What am I looking forward to?
• What can I work on today, to make my tomorrow better?
• How can I be a catalyst for others to have their tomorrows be great too?
“…would make of you everything you ever dreamed or imagined you could become.”
– Orison Swett Marden
What are we capable of? What is our fullest potential as human beings? Perhaps we can consider the Guinness Book of World Records – or the Olympics – as a starting point.
We might think about great feats in areas such as:
- Speed at running, or swimming (Ye Shiwen and Cameron van der Burgh both set new world records for swimming in the 2012 Olympics)
- Endurance and strength (Kim Un-Guk set a weightlifting world record)
- Throwing, climbing, jumping, shooting… (a team from the Republic of Korea set an archery world record)
- Writing and speaking
- Mathematics and sciences
- Mastery in the arts, music, or other creative disciplines
- Memory (such as in a spelling bee)
With the above capacities already realized by human beings, what would a “world-record you” be capable of?
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