Lessons Learned #5 – Underestimating Possibilities

This post is part of a series that began here. By sharing my “lessons learned” I hope to illustrate the power of this daily practice of gentle self-observation. Please follow along and share your own.

Two things…

As a readiness advocate, I am continually intrigued by this trend:

Our state or degree of readiness corresponds to what we believe is possible – good or bad.  And we tend to underestimate both.

The trick, on the one hand, is to be prepared for the bad (e.g., insurance) without dwelling on all the negative possibilities. While on the other hand, cultivating greater optimism and preparedness about all the exciting and fulfilling things that might transpire (say, your work being mentioned on the Fluent Self blog- thanks again, Havi).

Speaking of cultivating optimism… It’s not just the optimism – it’s cultivating persistence and patience, too.

Because just when you think nothing is happening and maybe you are doing it all wrong, something will happen to let you know otherwise.

Just because you can’t see it right away, doesn’t mean it’s not there… sort of like developing a photograph.  You gotta keep swishing the paper in the solution until the image appears.


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