optimism

naysayers, killjoy's and confused admirer's

Happy Monday. Today I want to continue our conversation from last week in the post from Friday, "red rubber balls, coffee breaks and other musings". Today we talk about what happens when you go after your purpose. I want to talk about the part the everyone avoids, 

the haters. 

At some point in every journey you come across people who don't quite see your dream as clear as you do. Here's the thing. It's ok.

it's not their dream to understand.

WOAH! right? We spend so much of our lives worried about what everyone else will think, how they will perceive what we are doing, whether or not they will like what we do and who we are. 

who cares?

I mean it, who cares? In a perfect world, everyone would love everyone and everything they do. This isn't a perfect world and that alone makes it perfect. confusing? yes, but having naysayers more than likely means you are headed in the right direction. I am not sure why it happens but for some reason it scares people to see other people doing better than them. These people are not mean by nature and deep down they probably do want what is best for you but there is something in our chemistry (especially women) that makes us think it's either them or us. Like there is limited pool of happiness in the world and you either get a big gulp of it or nothing at all. We see other people doing well and we long to have the same success for ourselves. We start playing the good old comparison game which nobody ever wins. 

The moment of discovery can find you at any stage of life.
— Kevin Carroll

Got a little depressing there for a minute, didn't I? My bad, but I wanted to make sure you really get what I'm talking about. There is some good news though.

Are you ready for it?


The good news is that when you follow your purpose or passion, you become a megaphone to others. Living your purpose gets so loud, others can't help but hear and want to get loud themselves. I am about to rock your world but did you know that it is never to late to be happy?

there is not limit to happiness on this earth

There just isn't. Go ahead, research it. We do not have a "don't fill past this line" in us with regards to happiness. Quite frankly the only thing preventing us from being happiness is ourselves. We are scared, lazy and doubtful and so we are prime targets for the naysayers who would come and knock us down. 

But I have a secret tip for you on how to ignore the haters in your world. If you remember this one simple phrase...

Rocked your world again, didn't I? Well, I can't claim ownership of the phrase, it is actually from the video you will see below. It's perfect though. Think about it. If you realize that everyone is an admirer of what you are doing, things get really easy. Some are confused, and that is fine especially when you consider the following:

not everyone understands genius at work

normally people's negativity has nothing to do with you

not everyone is going to like you

sometimes people admire you from afar

it's your purpose not theirs

It's not always easy to ignore the haters, I get that. There is more than one time where I was crushed by someones opinion of my journey. I would get knocked around a bit but eventually I would get up. Then I started thinking about that saying... "haters are just confused admirer's". I am not saying that a little phrase will solve all of your problems but it does help to put things in perspective and sometimes a little perspective goes a long way.

Check out the second video of the series, with Kevin Carroll speaking on haters. 

Now that you know how many admirer's we have, what are you going to do about it? How are you going to plow through the confusion and going after your purpose? Tell me below in the comments. See you Wednesday when we talk about the next step, the people who lift you up on your journey. 

P.S. I want to clarify that I am NOT endorsing this Where Dreams Meet Reality group that sponsored these videos. I am not familiar with them in anyway and tried to research them but found no site available. So ignore the parts that speak to that and really listen to the message Kevin is providing. That is what I am speaking to.

Brand Manifesto

noun, plural manifestoes.
1. a public declaration of intentions, opinions, objectives, or motives, as one issued by a government, sovereign, or organization.
— Dictionary.Com

The other day I decided to stop by Dutch Bros. and I noticed some words on their window. I didn't even know coffee companies HAD manifestos. I had to know more. I of course inquired on the whole thing. I asked the lady working behind the counter if they had them on some sort of card that I could take home with me.  She showed me this water bottle instead. Of course I purchased it as a reminder of something that hit so close to home in what I believe. In fact, I have prayed every single day for almost 20 years for "health, happiness & prosperity", which is the second line of the creed. Can you say KISMET? Imagine my surprise when I came home to research the credo a bit more and discovered that it is in fact borrowed from a group called "Optimist International...

wait! 

what?

Optimist International!

TELL ME MORE!


You can read the whole creed for yourself above. Once you do I am pretty sure you will be as enamored as I am. So I decided to learn more about this organization of optimism. Here is how they define themselves.

Mission: By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids.

Vision: Optimist International will be recognized worldwide as the premier volunteer organization that values all children and helps them develop to their full potential.

Purposes: To develop optimism as a philosophy of life utilizing the tenets of the Optimist Creed; to promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs; to inspire respect for the law; to promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people; to aid and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that the giving of one’s self in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life and the world.
— Optimist International Website http://www.optimist.org/default.cfm

This post was originally going to be about manifestos from all sorts of companies and organizations and what we can learn from them, but after finding out about this great organization I decided to keep that for later. Instead I want you to finish this and go check out their site, volunteer and become part of this organization. It is time for us to spread 

#POSITIVE CONTENT

into the world. What better place to start? Tell me how you help support positivity and optimism. Use the hashtag #positivecontent and #dawnehanksdotcom. Let's make the internet a better place for all and take heed the Optimist Creed.


Want a manifesto of your own. Stay tuned in the next few weeks as we explore how to build our own manifesto post so we can all set our intentions together. In the meantime check out Optimist International and help volunteer in your community with the goal of optimist for everyone. 

http://www.optimist.org/join.cfm