Make fun of your situations. Be optimistic. View problems as puzzles you have to solve, rather than seeing them as insurmountable. Problems often bring out the best in people so welcome them.
Steve Chandler is an undisputed optimist who offers you 100 powerful tips to motivate yourself. Why? Because only self-motivation and determination can help you evaluate your dreams and goals, therefore achieve them.
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Anyone could be in the orchestra, or sports team, or arts club at my school. It was precisely the kind of inclusivity that now meets with a sort of scorn and derision as a prizes-for-all culture that generates only mediocrity. There's something so insulting about the idea that including lots of people means mediocrity.
My mom had an audition for a commercial when I was about two and a half, and I ran in crying and interrupted her. They thought I was cute so they offered me a commercial role. My mom was skeptical and a bit nervous about the child actor thing, but I was extremely bossy and convinced them I wanted to try it.