Be a pessimist about your problems.
Problems will always exist and they will always kick our asses in ways we couldn’t imagine or prepare for. There’s no way to stop this. Whenever we eliminate one problem, another one will always rise to take it’s place. Be a pessimist about this fact. Accept it as final. Don’t torture yourself by wishing for a world where only wonderful things happen. Once you do that, you can…
Be an optimist about your possibilities.
No matter how many problems we have, we’ll continue to discover new options and opportunities. We’ll always find new ways of coping, we’ll always find news of creating, and we’ll always find new ways of getting on with our lives.
If you’re basing your ability to be happy or successful on the absence of problems, then you’ll always feel screwed. Instead of trying to be optimistic about your problems, just accept pain and frustration as an unavoidable part of life. Once you do that, you can get down to the business of real optimism. Instead of trying to feel good about the bad stuff, you can focus on creating good stuff regardless of how you feel.
Stop wishing for a problem-free world and start capitalizing on the fact that our world is more than its problems. Problems will always be with us, but so will the possibilities. The key to life is accepting both.