Promise Yourself (The Optimist Creed) by Christian D. Larson
‘Promise Yourself’, also known as ‘The Optimist Creed’, was written by Christian D. Larson. It was originally published in his book “Your Forces and How to Use Them” in 1912. Being one of the pioneers of motivational thought, Larson reasoned that affirmative thought sets in motion unseen forces, both spiritual and psychical, and aids in manifesting our desires. Till this day, “The Optimist Creed” (Promise Yourself) is still often quoted to inspire people around the world.
Promise Yourself (The Optimist Creed)
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all timed and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticise others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear; and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words but in great deeds.
To live in the faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you.
– Christian D. Larson, Your Forces and How to Use Them