We sometimes give in to fear disguised as practicality.
Replace "I'd love to, but..." with "I'm going to, and...". The worst that can happen is most likely manageable and nowhere close to living with never having tried.
Don't settle for good enough, for the " I hate my job but it makes great money, I provide for my family and I can save for retirement".
Don't ignore the call for greatness, whatever greatness means to you.
Don't de-prioritize your curiosity. Never be satisfied that you know enough.
Grow to think of curiosity as a value, a virtue.
Genetics play a 30 to 40 percent role in optimism bias. Actively believing that positive changes are going to happen boosts our motivation to try harder than we normally would, impacting the final outcome. Positive expectations make us happier and reduce our anxiety.
In the corporate world, CEOs and entrepreneurs tend to lean towards optimism as their success sometimes depends on them not quitting in despair.
The entrepreneurial spirit is one of dedication and resilience.
A highbrow, snooty, and prominent theatre critic attends one of Barnum’s performances and writes a particularly nasty review. He dubs Barnum’s act a “circus”–which, at the time meant “a public scene of frenetic and noisily intrusive activity,” hardly a compliment.
Instead of being discouraged, Barnum changes the name of his show, “P. T. Barnum's Grand Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan & Hippodrome” to include the word “circus,” establishing a new definition for the word.
During the most painful days, or when one is upset, is procrastinating, sick or injured, or having relationship issues, it is easy to forget the good parts, and therefore extremely important to 'balance the scales' by remembering what you are grateful for.
Be thankful for having the energy and power to heal, for the time provided to you on this planet, and for the way challenges help you grow wiser.
One chooses to be grateful, focusing on the little miracles of life, no matter what the circumstances.