Don’t Confuse Having A Positive Attitude With This — Part 2

A fair dose of optimism is essential to a positive attitude.

Optimists are hopeful for the future and have a positive outlook on life. Despite the challenges, setbacks, and opposition, they believe that, with time and effort, things will work together for the good, and thus, they never lose hope. Such an attitude is precious, as it gives optimists the right frame mind to face challenges.

However, let’s not push this “positive outlook” too far. Although positive people see the future through a positive lens, it doesn’t mean they’re oblivious to the potential pitfalls and challenges inherent to being alive.

In fact, that they’re excited about the picnic doesn’t prevent them from checking the weather forecast to see if it’s going to rain. That they are madly in love with their fiancé doesn’t mean they don’t prepare for times of disagreements and misunderstandings.

Having a positive attitude doesn’t eliminate the need to prepare for challenges you may face. It doesn’t exempt you from carrying a spare tire in your car in case you get a flat tire while on your way to your destination.

Having foresight isn’t negative thinking; it’s good planning. And having a positive attitude doesn’t make you believe that your journey will be without bumps.

Pushed by a desire to be positive, some can be tempted to believe that the world is all positive and, because of this belief, fail to plan and prepare for potential difficulties.

The world isn’t all positive, and you must plan and prepare accordingly.

That you’re a positive person won’t protect you from the vicissitudes of life. You’re not shielded from the harsh side of life and immune from misfortune just because you have a positive attitude. Like everyone else, you’ll experience challenges. Be prepared.

Don’t confuse having a positive attitude with blind optimism.

Don’t turn a blind eye to the harsh side of life, thinking that this is needed to cultivate a positive attitude. It’s not.

Don’t be blind to obstacles that may sabotage your efforts; prepare for them.

Don’t fall victim of blind optimism. Keep your eyes wide open, and when you see a storm on the horizon, don’t panic, don’t fret, and don’t stress; prepare.

If you’re in a season of plenty, like a diligent ant, prepare for seasons of scarcity; they will come.

Your future isn’t all sunny. Thus, you’d be wise to bring an umbrella with you for rainy days.