Positive Pledge

PledgeWhile researching a completely different topic, I encountered a list written by Jon Gordon. If you have not read Gordon’s pledge, I highly recommend you read it even though I included statements from the pledge in this post.

In theory, adherents to the pledge would not worry about the Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTs) described by Dr. Amen because the pledge destroys negative thoughts before they occur. However, I believe situations exist in which believing in each theory is beneficial.

Although I like all of the items listed in the Positive Pledge, the following statements in the pledge are essential beliefs to recovery and living a fulfilling life:

  • I promise to be positively contagious and share more smiles, laughter, encouragement and joy with those around me.
  • When I experience a challenge I will look for opportunity to learn and grow.
  • When I meet failure I will fail forward towards future success.
  • I believe I’m here for a reason and my purpose is greater than my challenges.

There is no doubt in my mind that people are more friendly, interested, and helpful to positive people than negative people. Sharing your smiles, laughter, encouragement, and joy with family, friends, co-workers, and strangers is likely to spread. Challenges are simply opportunities in disguise. If you are facing obstacles, spend your time looking for opportunities rather than reasons to be negative, depressed, miserable, and unhappy. If you meet challenges that you cannot overcome today, fail in a way that provides new opportunities. Finally, the belief that you have a purpose in life is essential to recovery because it gives you one more reason to overcome challenges.

As Harvey Mackay states, the full pledge is a “terrific framework for a positive attitude because we know that positive thinking isn’t always easy. Negative thought can creep into our minds — and jump out of our mouths — when we least expect them.” Mackay adds when you “start chastising yourself for past mistakes, or seeing disaster around every corner . . . ask yourself what you can do right now to succeed.”


  • True or False? Most people enjoy surrounding themselves with negative people.
  • True or False? The Positive Pledge was written by John Gillmore.
  • True or False? Harvey Mackay agrees with the Positive Pledge.
  • True or False? I am likely to believe being optimistic is beneficial.
  • True or False? Harvey Mackay’s primary source of income is software sales.

Note: There are clues in this post, but the actual answer is not in this post.

Thanks to Harvey Mackay, Jon Gordon, and the numerous other people who keep the Positive Pledge known and accessible online.

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