The Optimist Creed

The Optimist Creed & My Heartfelt Story About It

Promise Yourself

Promise yourself 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 like 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 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 the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living person you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, and too strong for fear, and to happy to permit the presence of trouble.


By Christian D. Larson

The Optimist Creed From The Optimist International


How The Optimist Creed Changed My Life

Many years ago, I entered this country as a broke and hopeless immigrant. I didn’t speak any English. I had zero connections.

The road to success appeared almost impossible for me. Back then I was not optimistic at all. After all, there was not thing to be optimistic about. 

From a tiny village in Haiti in poverty and diseases, most of the villagers didn’t believe I was going to survive. Life was very cynical. 

in spite of all of that, I knew I was living in one of the greatest countries in the world. The land of opportunities and prosperity. 

I came across the optimist creed. I fell in love with it. The creed drastically changed my attitude. It gave me a new way to look at things. 

I went from complaining, blaming, and moaning to an optimistic disposition.

I committed the optimist creed to memory. I would recite it to myself every single day. 

I found out there were many optimist clubs in the US. I started attending some meetings. I love their mission and vision. 

I was also surprised. I could believe so many busy and successful people would make time to attend Optimist International meeting. 

That’s a far cry from what I knew living in poverty in Haiti. In fact, I discovered the Optimist International was the only. 

There are so many other clubs like Lions, International, Kiwanis International, Rotary International, and countless others full of people who are committed to making a difference in the world.

Years later, when I became an inspirational speaker, I started speaking pro bono at so many clubs. it was my way of giving back. 

The best part is, when I became a US citizen, they took away my green card. I begged the man to let me keep it as a souvenir. He refused. 

I created my own green cards. On side, I have a summary of my presentation. On the back, I put the optimist creed there. It’s a plastic neon green card. I gave away thousands. 

I used to even close the speech with the optimist creed. 

I am always promising myself to be so strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind. 

I strongly encourage you to memorize the optimist creed. When you find yourself depressed or down, repeat the creed. 

To the logical mind, it sounds weird think something as simple can drastically change one’s life. But, to the subconscious mind, it’s very doable. 

As you might know, the subconscious does not know the difference between using your imagination or reality. it does not have the capacity to know what’s a lie what the truth. It simply accept what you tell it.

So, the more I kept repeating the optimist creed, the more I was driving it deeper to my subconscious mind until it accepts the creed as the truth.

Please try it. I promise you that you will see a drastic difference in your life. You will begin to relate to people at a different level.

if you have a story about the optimist creed, I would love to hear about it. Please do share with us in the comment box below. 

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The Optimist Creed

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