5 Keys to Keeping the Glass Half-Full

As the title of this blog attests, I am a daily practitioner of  “Half-Fullism”dealing with the literal world in a favorable way.  It’s a philosophy that keeps me properly grounded, generally happy, and most importantly – sane.

There are 5 keys to keeping that glass half-full.   I had originally published these keys in November of 2006, but I thought they were well worth repeating for my newer readers:

“Get off of the ground, but stay out of the clouds”

Be able to take a step back occasionally and get a good perspective on what is happening in your life so those “little things” are marginalized, but be careful you don’t get so far up and away from that you lose track of any lessons to be learned or changes in direction that should occur.

“Open mind, open skies”

An open mind is critical to keeping a positive perspective; it creates a feeling of freedom that keeps you soaring in the open skies instead of being stuck in the fishbowl.

“No brain pain, no net gain”

You must keep constantly learning to keep the glass half-full; see my post on Joyful Jubilant Learning about how it works for me.

Stay away from absolutes, absolutely

One of my earliest mentors forbid the word “can’t” from ever being uttered in his presence, and the meaning of that prohibition had a profound effect on me, in that I realized that absolutes tend to stifle optimism. They leave no room for possibilities. A half-fuller needs possibilities like a fish needs water.

“Just say no to naysayers”

Surround yourself with other Half-Fullers, and you’ll surely pick up the vibe.  I was pretty solidly in the Half-Full camp before I started blogging, but my experience with like-minded individuals in the blogosphere has only made me more determined to stay this way. Beware of the opposite effect of hanging with naysayers – there’s an “Under Toad” there that can pull you straight under.

And one more thing………

There’s also an overriding element to practicing Half-Fullism – intent. That’s right, you have to WANT to take this kind of  philosophical viewpoint.

To this day the best thing I’ve ever read about intent was written my my friend Christine Kane,  in a post entitled “10 Ways to Set a Powerful Intent” .

Read that post, then read this one again, and then raise that half-full glass!


  1. says

    I’ll add a seventh one, since @Rockandrollguru added a sixth one.

    Move from FIB to GIB.
    Move your thinking from a FIB (Fixed Invisible Belief) that you can’t improve your abilities, your talents or your outcomes to a GIB (Growth Invisible Belief). A GIB watches for red flags in thinking such as “I am not smart enough” or “that failure brands me.” GIB then changes those red flags into green lights that shout “I am smart enough” and that “failure is just a learning experience moving me forward.” GIB allows you to take the risks in order to succeed.

  2. says

    I like it Jeff – consider it added. Thanks so much for the contribution, and your ongoing support of my writing. It’s most appreciated!



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