“Life is 98% capitalizing on your optimism – and 2% managing your brief, small moments of panic!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
I’ve seen this movie before. I know how it ends.
The future? It certainly isn’t over. Its arrival has just slowed down by a small degree!
And it’s not like we didn’t know this was coming – in fact, the “Recession of 2020-21” category rolled out my blog last August! This long sustained period of economic growth lasted far too long ; it was bound to unwind. It just needed a kicker like Covid-19 and an oil price shock to set it into dramatic motion.
Yesterday? The global economy was already rolling down a hill for a time, but suddenly fell off a cliff. But the future tells us that at the bottom of the cliff, there’s a small hill, and eventually, another mountain. It will get there – we just don’t know when. There’s a lot of fog about!
With that in mind, it’s what you do in the next few weeks and months that will define your future. I’m certainly of that mindset!
Early yesterday, I bolted down to the home broadcast studio 5 minutes after the markets opened. I immediately filmed a live video clip for my followers on what I saw on the same day, with the same circumstances, when Lehman Brothers went down in 2008, heralding a similar dramatic crash.
The guidance from that CEO was powerful and affected me at that moment, and for every moment going forward. The video will go up shortly – but in essence, my ‘uncertainty mantra’ was clear defined —> “Freeze? Panic? Or innovate?”
To me, the choice is clear.
The decisions you make this morning will define your future.
Everything from this moment forward comes one day at a time – but put those days together, and you’ve got some serious momentum towards recovery.
And the most important thing you need right now to keep that momentum going is your optimism.
Optimism is your oxygen, your sustenance, your vitamin-D of the future, your sunshine.
Keep it, nurture it, sustain it!