We spend a good deal of our energy and thought time on outcomes.
By default, we look at the worst possible outcomes and then work towards more positive ones.
Here’s an interesting thing, most of the worst outcomes, and they are often worse than apocalyptic, never happen, nor do the really bad ones, the OMG scary shit ones and so on.
How many of the worst things you’ve imagined, planned for, worried about, panicked about, maybe even lost sleep over has happened in the last day, the last week, the last month, the last year or during your entire life? I’m guessing less than a handful, in fact, maybe 1 or 2.
How much time have we wasted worrying about them? Maybe an hour a day? That’s as much as 29,000 hours over a lifetime or 1,216 or about 3 years!!
Optimism, and setting a default of only thinking about the best outcomes, will not only massively improve our well-being, chance of success and day-to-day lives, it would give us 3 years back to be able to deal with anyone of the handful of really, really, really shit things that might happen in your life.
If you made a list of the things that you’ve imagined but have never actually happened, they would make the world’s biggest book, look like a short poem.
Think best possible outcomes first.