“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough” Oprah Winfrey. When I initially saw this quote it sparked an emotional chord within me, and I saw it as one ultimate truth. The concept is so simple, be grateful for the things in life that you have been blessed with. When you focus on abundance that is what you shall reap, likewise if you concentrate on your lack then lack is what you shall be surrounded with. Recently I have been reading a great amount of literature based around the concept of positive psychology. Heck, I’ve also been reviewing sermons, motivational speeches, and various websites based around the platform. I have come to one conclusion from all of my introspective researching; it is truly up to you to create our own reality. If you want more of something, make the clear decision within your mind that you already have that of which you are trying to gain. It is up to you, and only you to create the opportunities that you wish to have in life. The days of waiting for someone else to fulfill those missing gaps are gone. It is up to you to get up and decide to do something about your situation. I believe the act of making the irreversible decision to be grateful makes the possibility of achieving goals and obtaining accomplishments even that more real to the soul. When you eliminate the space for negativity and indifference in your life, the only factor that remains is positivity. Furthermore, living a life of optimism does not mean that you close your eyes to the reality that is around you. It goes beyond that, living a life of optimism means that you acknowledge the stepping stones and building blocks in your life while holding on to your strength, courage, faith, and confidence in God to get you through it. In order to get to the next stage in any journey you have to keep moving forward. In order to accomplish your current goal you have to keep striving. In order to build upon your knowledge of the world around you, you have to continue to accumulate knowledge through outside resources. Once you stop pursuing a dream, the dream is no longer obtainable because you are the only one who possesses the final word in how far your dreams and life will go. Here is a very logical question: What if we possessed a belief in ourselves and our abilities that was so strong that regardless of our amount of resources, background, or connections we could persuade others into believing in us as well? what if we acted in a manner that was so bold, self-assured, and confident that it left others with no other choice but to follow suit? This is absolutely possible! The only difference between the winners and losers in life is will-power and complete belief in self- NO MATTER WHAT. If you don’t believe me check out the autobiographies of heavy-hitters such as Daymond John, Oprah Winfrey, Kimora Lee Simmons, and Will Smith. As long as we have God on our side and the tenacity and confidence to persevere, the world is basically an open playground for the acquisition of dreams.