When we look ahead in life, we are inclined to believe that the present state will remain as is.
If life is going well, we presume the trend will continue. The same can be said about the inverse.
Yet let us break past that innate desire to view the world going forward with the perspective that’s built upon your current emotional state.
When on a trajectory upward, reflect on your past. Not everything was filled with rainbows and unicorns and yet we fail to prepare for not IF but WHEN life will get tough again.
Being cognizant of the self serving bias – overly positive about our abilities and future – is the first step in breaking past that barrier. Focus on consequences and what can go wrong. Build a safety net in your decisions so you allow yourself to fall on a mattress as opposed to the concrete floor. Even if that mattress does not seem comfortable, you’ll be grateful you kept that safeguard upon the inception of your stumble.
The German missionary Dr. Albert Schweitzer said “an optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while the pessimist sees only the red stoplight. The truly wise person is colorblind”.
You are your greatest ally and your worst enemy. Keep your emotions in check. Self-deception about the path ahead will only lead you astray.
Reflect back on your life and you will find it difficult to state all was virtuous or unpleasant.
Let’s look towards the future in the same way and prepare. This allows us to see life the way we should while building humility for the upswing and building a cushioned floor for when we fall.