Please don’t be offended at the suggestion implied in the headline. I know loads of lazy optimists, and they are generally very conscientious, hard-working and busy people. But they do have a problem. And their unwittingly diligent single-mindedness and commitment to their work lie at the root of their commonly-held rarely diagnosed condition. I say condition on purpose (as if I am describing an illness) because that is pretty much the best way to describe lazy optimism.
Since the time of our birth, each of us began learning to dream. For some, this dream became a quest for academic greatness and reaching for the stars in whatever field of study caught a piece of their heart. Others turned dreaming into an art form, creating stories, exploring innovation, or chasing down and releasing those realities previously confined to the realms of the impossible.
Sadly, somewhere along their wanderings, life (lazy optimism) took hold of those dreams and slowly sucked the energy and goodness from their potential.
Positive thinking is great – but positive doing is a million times better!
From childhood, our dreams and ambition begin to fuel our drive and passion for life. As we grow, we tend to forget how to imagine, life gets more serious, and responsibility muscles in from every angle. At that point, most people lose the will to dream and get fooled into pursuing a stereotype life (job or career). Let me point out here (because I don’t want to offend the majority or ‘most’ people) that doing a job or a career is fine if that’s what you always wanted to do. But what if you still have the ember of a burning ambition still occupying a deep corner of your being?
You can be an optimist and hope your hard work and positive mindset will one day deliver your desire. But the reality is that life rarely works like that. Optimism alone achieves very little. You can double your efforts and work even harder at whatever it is that you are doing. But without aim or ambition, your efforts are probably just taking you further away from your heart’s desire.
To escape lazy optimism, you need to stop being afraid of what your heart really wants. Quit being busy with things that don’t matter. Listen to your ambitions and get focused on something that will take your breath away. Get your dreams into perspective, into the crosshairs of your purpose, with laser focus, and start applying deliberate effort to your optimism.
Stop being a lazy optimist
If you want to know more about this condition, and more importantly, how to overcome it, you could try reading the book. Alongside the delightful story of Charlie’s journey from ordinary to fabulous, I’ll send you my free step-by-step guide to getting the dream out of your head!
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