“In the absence of willpower, the most complete collection of virtues and talents is wholly worthless.” – Aleister Crowley
I personally believe there’s quite a lot to be considered when it comes to mental positivity and well-being. Whether it be fabricated optimism or learned, I feel that there is importance for anyone to hold onto sudden or gradual optimistic episodes and feelings in order to form a more overall positive mindset. People have many different ways of coping and comforting themselves whether it be religion, spirituality, or just simple routine to keep everything in check and stable. Personally I enjoy recharging by being out in nature or going on long walks to clear my head, and I habitually meditate at home to stay sane and at peace, especially during stressful times in my life. Belief and willpower are strong tools for anyone to have, and can absolutely assist in comfortably dealing with day-to-day obstacles and overall well-being. I feel that even placebo (not even necessarily medications, but fabricated thoughts and ideas) can have quite an effect on people, in a sense that it doesn’t necessarily give them what they need to be okay and happier, but it can give them the motivation to believe that they are, which subsequently can lead to a rise of overall mood and lifestyle.
Mental willpower is an incredible force that anyone can take upon themselves in some way or another, and keeping that in mind, it’s important to not become so blissfully delusional and forget all other aspects of humanity. It’s absolutely effective to stay optimistic, but also keep negativity in check by acknowledging that it’s there and to not let it eat at you. A moderate balance is healthy, and it’s always good to keep yourself in check from time to time. I sometimes become concerned with myself when I become too blissful about seemingly everything, and I find that it’s often due to simply ignoring negativity or stress, which in itself is probably a much bigger problem than actually dealing with those issues. I’d advise anyone that while seeking happiness, acknowledge the difficulties as well, but don’t let them influence your well-being or your thoughts too much.
The majority of responsibilities that I’m faced with in life, as any other person would feel, can be quite draining and even slightly intimidating if it’s something new and foreign to me. For me what’s always worked is to sort of expect that whatever it is I’m going into will turn out successful and will be okay, and in my experience, that often that ends up being the case. I’m not really insinuating that you can fabricate or manifest any sort of success just by simply thinking about it, but honestly half the battle is truly believing that you can do whatever it is you’re faced with, and at the end of the day, you’ll be able to say you made it through.