Being Optimistic

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The news sells us a view of the world that all too many of us think to be true. It focuses on political divides, economic upheaval, systemic racism, and environmental decay. Is this not what’s occurring on our planet? Yes, it is. Yet what about everything else? Isn’t it essential to consider the big picture?

There have never been so many opportunities for creating and doing amazing things. With so many people running for the hills, innovators and dreamers have far less competition. While there is immense and intense social turmoil, I’ve also never seen so many people displaying good virtue, deep wisdom, and stunning compassion.

I am so very optimistic about what’s coming, and you should be too. Yes, it will be messy for a while, yet that’s just how life works. Old structures must collapse for a new and better one to begin. Which brings me to thoughts in terms of how we can seek out the hidden positives that few seek. To triumph in these times you really must become a contrarian and process events through a completely different lens and operating system than that the majority uses. Tactically this means:

  • don’t consume much news as it will deplete your life and degrade your energy, taking you off your pursuit of real opportunity.

  • work even harder and smarter to count your daily blessings and do your gratitude practice every day.

  • start planning out 2021 as if it is going to be the single finest year of your life so you leverage the power of the self-fulfilling prophecy and make this vision real.

  • put away your phone for long blocks of time; a powerful work ethic will cause you to lead your field (pandemic or not).

  • calibrate your morning routine so you start your day mentally strong, emotionally light, physically energized, and spiritually anchored.

  • stay ultra-concentrated on only those pursuits within your control (deepening your spiritual and personal mastery, forging even better family unity, and making your masterpieces) versus worrying about things you cannot control (which is a receipt for dramatic misery).

Pessimistic – tending to see the worse aspect of things or believe that the worse will happen.

Optimistic – hopeful and confident about the future; An attitude of being positive or hopeful about the future.

I want you to remember that, while we cannot control many events that happen in our lives, we can ALWAYS control what we think and how we respond to them. And it’s our thoughts and response to events that determines the outcome we get in life. So, instead of letting the events disempower you, I encourage you to choose a different response and find your power in everything that you overcome, in all of the good experiences, and in all the ways you’ve managed to thrive this year. Because when you focus on the positive, life becomes more positive. And that will make it so much easier for you to see possibilities, recognize opportunities, and take optimistic action that will help you to achieve your goals in 2020-2021.

I do hope that this message inspires positivity and pushes you to make some changes, so you avoid the disease of pessimism and move into optimism.

“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’(Jeremiah 29:11).


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