Self confidence is one of the keys to career and life success that I discuss in Straight Talk for Success and 42 Rules to Jumpstart Your Professional Success. If you want to become self confident you need to do three things. First, become an optimist. Believe and act as if today will be better than yesterday, and that tomorrow will be better than today. Follow the ten principles of The Optimist Creed. If you want a copy of The Optimist Creed suitable for framing and hanging in your workplace go to www.BudBilanich.com/optimist. Second, face your fears and act. Fear is the enemy of self confidence. Action cures fear. Finally, surround yourself with positive people. Find and befriend positive, self confident people. Jettison the negative people in your life.
I post to this blog five days a week. People often ask me how I find ideas for it. The answer is simple, I stay tuned into to message. I read a lot and often find great advice in some unlikely sources. The other day the latest Costco Connection magazine arrived in our mailbox at home. Cathy was going to toss it. I decided to take a look. I found some great success advice on page 11. It came fromWally Amos, founder of Famous Amos Cookies and Uncle Wally’s Muffin Company, and it’s called the Watermelon Credo.
It’s summer time – watermelon is just coming into season. I had a big bowl of watermelon before I went for a bike ride yesterday. It was great. Of course, I am a big fan of watermelon, something I inherited from my dad. That’s why Wally Amos’ Watermelon Credo caught my eye in the Costco Connection magazine.
Wally Amos says the Watermelon Credo is a “guide that has helped me and others through rough times. I share it with you in the hope that it will help you through these rough times.” If you are an optimist, you readily acknowledge that these are tough times. Yet, you know in your heart of heats that tough times will end. They will end quicker if you stay positive.
So, in the hopes of helping you stay positive and optimistic in these tough times, I offer you…
The Watermelon Credo
W – Whatever you believe creates your reality. Believe that life is a positive experience and it will be.
A – Attitude is the magic word. Your greatest asset is your attitude. Be positive regardless.
T – Together everyone achieves more. There are no limits to what we can accomplish together. I am more that I am but less than we are.
E – Enthusiasm is the wellspring of life. There is no limit to what can be accomplished with enough enthusiasm.
R – Respect yourself, as well as other. When you begin to respect yourself, your whole world changes.
M – Make commitments, not excuses. There is overwhelming power in the words “Yes I will.”
E – Everyday can be a fun day. Fun is the lubricant that keeps life moving forward. Laugh a lot.
L – Love is the answer. Whatever the question, love is the answer. It’s the greatest force in the universe.
O – One day at a time. How do you eat an elephant? One bit at a time. All of life happens in increments of one.
N – Never give up or become a victim. You are guaranteed to lose if you give up. Winston Churchill was right, “Never, never, never give up.” It works if you work it.”
The Watermelon Credo is fun, inspirational and a great reminder for us to always live life from our highest self. Do not allow yourself to be overwhelmed by events. Let w-a-t-e-r-m-e-l-o-n remind you that you are larger than events. You have the power to create and change events by what you believe.
I believe in being an optimist. Optimism is the foundation on which you can build your self confidence and success.
The common sense point here is simple. Self confidence is a key to career and life success. Successful people are self confident. Optimism is the foundation of self confidence. Wally Amos, founder of Famous Amos Cookies and Uncle Wally’s Muffin Company, says it well in his Watermelon Credo. “Whatever you believe creates your reality. Believe that life is a positive experience and it will be.” Optimists believe that life is a positive experience. I believe that life is a positive experience. Of course, I’m a relentless optimist. How about you?
That’s my take on Wall Amos, The Watermelon Credo, self confidence and success. What’s yours? Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts with us. And, take a few minutes this week, and have some watermelon. Think about the great common sense advice in The Watermelon Credo as you are eating it. I’m going to. As always, thanks for reading.