“Your future SUCKS! (Optimists never start their day with that kind of thought process!) “ – Futurist Jim Carroll
I’m starting my 7th year of writing these Daily Inspiration posts. Someone asked me why I do them.
In an increasingly negative world, I write them as much for those who follow me as much as I write them for myself. Starting each day with some thinking as to the good I might find in the world around me helps me dispel some of the bad that I know I will see. I don’t think anyone focused on the future can do so with a foundation of negativity.
Here’s how I take on the issue of negativity on stage:
So with that said, here’s what I think optimists need to do each and every day.
See the future as an opportunity, not a threat.
Don’t fear the future.
Work the future faster.
Learn how to interpret any particular trend in terms of its upside, not the downside.
Don’t fight the future.
Don’t hang out with negative people.
Battle each and every moment of negativity.
Find motivation in small wins.
Clinging to your past is probably the worst thing you can do right now./
Stop trying old solutions to new problems.
Just because it’s not happening right now doesn’t mean that it never will.
Don’t presume your business model will survive the next 5 years.
Don’t feel bad about the mistakes you’ve made – view some of them as a pathway to success.
Stop saying it can’t be done – just do it already!
Don’t hide from problems – learn from them.
Use aggressive fear of change as a basic personal motivation.
Don’t let uncertainty cloud your vision.
Spend every day tuning your roadmap for how you plan to live your life.
Don’t be selfish – be magnanimous.
Stop being surprised at surprises.
Avoid angry people.
Make the best of the worst moments.
Regularly nurture your optimism – its fertilizer for your soul.
Take more time to enjoy what you enjoy.
Remind yourself you don’t need to love every waking moment – it’s ok to get down.
Lighten your mood – avoid the heavy.
Move on from bad things faster.
Remind yourself it could be worse.
Remember it’s ok to feel down sometimes – but work hard to chase the ‘up.’
Remind yourself that your future only sucks if you make it suck.