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It Begins Today

January 5, 2012

This blog was created to inspire people who have struggled from the emotional, physical, and spiritual effects of negative thinking and are ready to begin practicing optimism to create an amazing life. 

Growing up as a youngster I had some pretty gnarly challenges like domestic violence, and drug abuse in my family.  I tried to cope with my own feelings by using drugs and really got sucked into the vortex, but when I was 24 I had an epiphany that changed my life forever.

I had been up with no sleep for two or three days suffering horribly from withdrawal  symptoms, hopelessness and utter despair.  I was no longer able to hold a job, had started college twice but did not have the motivation to follow it through and my entire life was falling apart.  How could I continue to go on as I was?  I decided that I would take my own life but was not sure how to do it.  I realized my plight in that moment and understood that I was experiencing the “dark night of the soul” that I had heard others talk about.  

I cried out to someone, something, to help me.  I laid on the floor and wept, thinking about how much I would miss the ones I love, how much I had hurt them all with my selfishness and self-destruction and suddenly,  I was compelled by something stronger than my will had ever been to get up from the spot where I laid. 

I felt like what I can only describe as a spark inside of me and knew that this was it, it was live or die.  I called my brother on the telephone with shaking hands.   Miraculously he was home and answered the phone.  He came right over to pick me up and took me to the hospital.  For the most part, it had been 12 years since I had taken a sober breath.

The next 14 months were spent learning how to become a human being again.  Get up at a reasonable hour, brush my teeth, comb my hair, suit up and show up, but my tendency to dwell on painful and  negative memories fueled my negative thinking which caused me to spend a good majority of time feeling really bad.  

I had been using the only coping tools I knew and they were no longer working for me.  Clearly, I would need to change or I would not be able to maintain my new life.  On August 17, 1988 my real life began and I have never looked back. 

My negative thinking however, continued to affect my health and my self-worth, but most painful of all it affected my relationships with the people I loved the most and the way I related to the whole world. 

After years of research and personal growth and through the simple practice of using some new tools and strategies for change, I have been able to heal from the chronic negative thinking that once held me hostage and sapped my dreams.  I have been able to create the amazing life I had always imagined.  I am frequently asked “How come you’re always so happy?” 

I have had the opportunity to share these same tools and strategies with hundreds of people over the last two decades in my work, with inspiring and successful results and now I wish to share these tools and strategies with you and with the world. 

Maybe your life is pretty good already but you find yourself stuck in negative thinking and self-defeating behaviors that minimize your success. 

If you have the desire to improve YOUR life and to be free from the bondage of negative thinking, it begins today!

Check back next week for more……Optimism Rocks!

Robin O’Grady



Copyright 2012  Robin B. O’Grady

One Comment leave one →
  1. Dave permalink
    July 15, 2012 12:28 am

    Putting thoughts and feelings in a book is like putting them into a bottle and turning it lose on the sea. Then whoever finds that bottle gets a chance to meet that person without ever seeing them face-to-face. After reading this part of your book I seem to know you even better then if I had met you face-to face. Great job! Keep it up.

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