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Effective or not? Faced with a new idea or innovation the reaction of many people is to ask “Does it work?”

This may be a natural response, but bear in mind that things don’t have to be proven to work for you to use them. You use countless things everyday without guarantee that they’ll work, not understanding how they work, if they do.

Try asking yourself if a spoon ‘works’, or if compassion or gratitude are ‘effective’, and you’ll see what I mean. Things don’t have to work, nor do you necessarily have to understand them, for them to be effective.

 

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I’m Wrong About Most Things, At Some Point

We shroud ourselves in beliefs that help us feel secure. One of these is that things tomorrow will be the same as they were yesterday. But the idea that things don’t change is a delusion, that is all.

Nothing wrong with that, but it is best to recognise it, and to keep an open mind about what will happen next. The greater our need to keep things the way they are, the greater the risk of disappointment and even neurosis.

Trying to control the uncontrollable is unpleasant for us, and those around us.

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Selective Optimism for Pessimists

There are advantages to optimism that are worth considering, but some people are put off because they don’t want to be disloyal to negativity.

Optimism and pessimism are generally seen as opposites, but that doesn’t mean they are mutually exclusive; learning optimism does not mean abandoning negativity. If that is what turns you on, stick with it.

If you tend towards a pessimistic outlook, how about learning selective optimism? That way you can get the benefits and still be true to your negativity.

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