If you can paint the world in darker shades, you can surely paint it in hopeful, positive colors.
Now, I’m not about to tell you to just “Think positive!” and “Look on the bright side!” That kind of ultra-positive thinking isn’t realistic. And it prevents you from holding a nuanced understanding of the world, an understanding that allows you to see the whole picture.
What I am saying is that if you can predict that your week will be bad, you can also predict that your week will be good. This mindset shift isn’t a resolution of all of your problems. But it does create the fertile ground in which good things can grow.
Plants need healthy soil to emerge into the light. Hopeful thinking is the healthy soil for the week to come.
Try these thought processes as you start your week.
- Think of what could potentially bring you joy this week.
- Rehearse the great actions you can take in response to frustrating situations.
- Realistically assess the good and the bad that might come to pass.
- Predict the situations that could work out in your favor–and then take the necessary actions to help the cards fall that way.
Human beings have the gift of being able to plan ahead and take action to position themselves for success.
How often have you positioned yourself for failure before the week has even begun?
Guess what? That’s not going to happen this week, my friend.
This week will be different.
This week, you have new glasses through which you’ll see the world.
So, intentionally begin your week with a hopeful approach.
If you do that, it doesn’t really matter what happens. You’ll know that you can handle whatever comes, that the world doesn’t want to see you fail, and that the more you plan for good, the more good will plan to arrive for you.
Have a great week. I’m thinking it will be a good one for you. You can prove me wrong, but I don’t recommend it. :)
With love and admiration,