Is Your Glass Half-Empty?

People will come and people will go.

Sometimes things change and sometimes they don’t.

Events often go our way, and occasionally they don’t.

The glass is either half full or half empty.

I feel confident in saying that you have heard them all.

So why am I rehashing them for you?

Two words: Optimism & Pessimism.

Which one are you? defines optimism as “a disposition or tendency to look on the more favorable side of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome”

Conversely, it defines pessimism as “the tendency to see, anticipate, or emphasize only bad or undesirable outcomes, results, conditions, problems, etc.”

I define it as, “You either see the good in everything, or you see the bad in everything,” which I believe is a pretty straight forward definition.

Statistically, we all like to think we are Optimists, however, you and I both know that when things get tough, or something doesn’t go our way, optimism tends to be the first thing to go.

How many times have you heard:

Life isn’t fair
This always happens to me
It’s not my fault
or my favorite,
Ugh, again?

Here are 5 proven things that have helped so many other through times of pessimism.

  1. Whatever it is, it won’t last forever.  Understand that whatever has your down will pass and you will be better for it.
  2. Think, “How can I learn from this?”  When something happens that throws you off course, think to yourself, “What lesson can come out of this?” Seeing that there are things to be learned in everything is a game-changer.
  3. Assess how you wound up where you currently are. Instead of beating yourself down, figure out how you got there and devise a way to get yourself out of it. Remember, figuring it out is half the battle.
  4. Laugh it off. How many times have you heard that laughter is the best medicine? Learn to laugh at yourself when mistakes are made. Laugh twice as hard if you repeat the mistake later in life.
  5. You are only as good as the experiences you have.  You are constantly growing and to continue to grow you need experience.

If I may, I would like to leave you with a story.

A child wakes up on Christmas morning and it is surprised to find a heap of horse manure under the tree instead of some presents. Oddly enough, this excites the child. Naturally, his parents ask:

“Why are you so excited?”

“With all this manure, there must be a horse somewhere!”

Cheers to your success,


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I am a family man first and foremost. Everything that I do is for my family. They keep me focused and moving forward. My purpose in life is to help as many people as possible...and then help a few more. When I'm not doing that, I can be found drawing, writing, exercising, reading, deep in thought, and expanding my real estate portfolio.
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Kenny Frazier

Excellent post, my friend and definitely thought–provoking!

Surprisingly article,it is useful to me and others,please just keep it….

Maria Eckl

The grammarian says that while the terms half-full and half-empty are colloquially acceptable the glass can technically be neither since both full and empty are absolute states and therefore are incapable of being halved or modified in any way.


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