“A positive attitude may not solve all of your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.”
Over the past year I have worked harder at having a positive attitude? Maybe it’s because I was told by a certain someone that I was too negative, or maybe it’s because in January I set a goal of trying to be more gracious and positive in life. That worked out really well for me, at least until July, when I had to close my other blog. See I used to keep a monthly accountability log of my personal goals on my blog. I thought about keeping that up with this new blog, but it was hard missing most of the back story.
Last year I wrote about how this quotation alluded to motiviation for positivity, and then I went off on a tangent about what motivates us to do the things we do in life. based on this excerpt from last year’s post, it’s obvious that I am not always placing motivation in the right spot… and I questioned if that was alright:
But what about me? What if the reason I keep going on from day to day is because I don’t want to let people down? Or that I don’t want people to know that I quit? Or maybe that I have too many student loans to pay off and this is the only way to do it? What if I don’t always feel motivated by the desire to reach my goals – or that I want to finish my residency, or to become a knowledgeable, capable and compassionate physician? I *want* all those things, I really do. But they all just seem so far away and so out of reach. If I just keep making it through for all these other reasons, will it matter in the end… if I get all those things I want in the long term?
This year, I feel like I am much more motivated by the things I really want (as described above) and not nearly as much as by the more superficial ideas I mentioned. By what about my positivity? Has my positivity influenced the way I am motivated? Or, what motivates me to be positive. I have to say, I don’t think I am motivated to be positive because I think it will annoy people. I have come to learn that having a positive outlook on life and on the situations in which I find myself makes those situations (and life) seem more tolerable and worth getting through. I need that at low times like these, otherwise I will continue on a spiralling path downwards… and I know I don’t want that.