Number four – Choose the right “mystic”
With this fourth strategy I’ll start with a little quote:
“We have two “mystics” we can choose to follow, Opti or Pessi”
Dr Michael Yapko, clinical psychologist & expert in non-medical interventions in depression.
I attended a lecture given by Dr Yapko in 2015 where he talked about helping patients realise they have a choice to follow optimism. He encourages them to follow a pragmatic optimism that allowed them to focus their thoughts on the things they CAN control rather than devoting headspace to things they CAN’T control.
Becoming more optimistic is just a matter of turning off automatic pilot and switching your thought process to manual by making a conscious decision to have a more positive outlook. Try these starter phrases to help you change what you say to yourself and others.
- I am learning to be more…..
- I see the benefits of….
- I am getting better at…..
- Today I motivate myself to…
These starter phrases can help you choose to follow the optimistic path rather than the pessimistic path and access more positive emotions to support your resilience.