The Power of Optimism in Writing

Posted July 21st, 2013 by Val and filed in Writing Motivation
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ColoursOptimism is one of the characteristics that most successful writers possess. There are many personality traits that come to mind, but I think this one stands out above the others.

Think about it. There are two friends side by side, both of whom dream of becoming a writer. Writer # 1 writes an occasional query, mails it out and anxiously awaits the verdict. He is continually talking about how bad the economy is, how his writing probably doesn’t stand out in a crowd, how he probably won’t be ever good enough because even his junior high English teacher told him he couldn’t be a writer, and besides, good things never happen to him.

“I’m not a lucky person,” he sighs.

What does luck have to do with it?

Writer # 2, instead of complaining, is busy. He spends time on writing practice, pitching articles, drafting ebooks, blogging, marketing, etc.

He also spends time and effort getting in the right mindset.

He imagines his success and clearly pictures how happy he will be when he really makes it.

When…not if.

In the meantime, he enters every contest believing he will win. With every query he submits, he expects a positive response. And even when he is rejected, he knows that’s ok because it wasn’t the right article for that particular editor at that particular moment.

Writer #2 probably will make it. The fact that he believes he will – his optimism and positive attitude – is one of the biggest reasons why.

In the words of Walter Wintle from his poem “Thinking” , also known as “The Man Who Thinks He Can”, consider these words:

If you think you are beaten, you are
If you think you dare not, you don’t,
If you like to win, but you think you can’t
It is almost certain you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost
For out of the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow’s will
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are
You’ve got to think high to rise,
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the man WHO THINKS HE CAN!

photo by: Camdiluv ♥
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