The Optimist Creed

Back in 1997, I applied for a job with the ACS in the Colorado Division so that I could go west and ski after this amazing ski vacation in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho…. I just had to go! Well – I packed my plants, my clothes, my dog Chester and headed west in my GMC Sonoma. It was an amazing 2 years of growth in my life. Although I don’t have time this morning to write the entire story – – I was reminded of my growth, learning about people as I was all alone with no family and made new friends to make my way. My boss at the time, Stephanie Haberkorn, gave me this saying from the Optimist International and it was a “mantra” of sorts for me – through that time and my entire life. I found it framed in the cellar and then searched the web to find it to post here today.

Keep it in your heart – along with the Jon Gordon Energy Bus – – this will truly fit your life too.

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

Optimist International

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Nancy Peck Cook is a trainer and speaker who has presented in front of large and small audiences for the past 25 years.  Her work as an executive and volunteer trainer for the American Cancer Society during the growth of the signature activity Relay For Life trained professionals to be more confident and successful in their roles. 

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