January 3, 2015

Three words: join, optimist, club

Experience Optimism
Have you made a new year's resolution for 2015? Let me help you out.

Many bloggers and reporters are writing about the types of resolutions that are made each year and why they are so easily broken. According to Chris Brogan, resolutions are broken because they are too vague. He claims that merely saying something like "get in shape" or "save money" has no firm commitment. A better resolution would be "lose 15 pounds" or "save $2,000."

Brogan also claims that three words can be a guide for your life throughout the year. So in Chris Brogan style, I declare my three words to be join, optimist and club.

Taken separately, these words each have special meaning for me.

You see, I tend to be an introvert. I'm really comfortable at my computer all day or taking a bicycle ride by myself. So a goal for me is to join with others to share experiences, adventures, and yes, even work.

While overall I am a positive person, I know that I also tend to be more of a realist. It comes, I believe, from logical thinking - weighing pros and cons - and then going with the choice that makes the most sense. While this works, it doesn't allow room for possibilities. In order to be open to more possibilities, I vow to be more of an optimist.

A club is a group of people who share a special purpose. However, if the club is made up of a lot of people like me, individuals who are comfortable going it alone, the club's bond is weakened and the purpose of being together is diluted. You're just a bunch of acquaintances getting together to share stories of things you've done or plan to do on your own. So my third objective is to be a real part of the club whether it is at work, with volunteers or yes, in my own Optimist Club.

And that brings me to the resolution that I hope that each of you reading this post will make and keep. Resolve to join an Optimist Club. Perhaps my reasons resonate with you or perhaps you have your own; but I promise that joining an Optimist Club will make a difference for you and your community. And if you are really optimistic and part of the club, your life will change for the better.

Click  to find an Optimist Club near you or send me a message and I will help you start one in your community.
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