Step two to becoming an optimism convert is more challenging - painful. But for most pessimists, that's okay - because pain and disappointment are in the comfort zone. What is step two?
Concentrate on the good that almost happened.
During your conversion process, the devil on your shoulder *DOYS* will initially think What's going on here? He tries to talk himself out of any unnecessary worry, but step two brings on full blown nervousness and a high level of observation on DOYS' part. Can this really be happening?
Yes. Yes it can. And to a true blue pessimist, this can be the so-close-and-yet-so-far moment, a moment that can bring on heavy doubt and temptation to give up this stupid effort, since it's not going to work anyway...
To combat this dilemma, embrace the pain of second place, the disappointment of I almost did it.
Then come back next month for step three. Good luck!
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