The Optimistic Pessimist

I have recently listened to a presentation from a business consultant, John Patrick.

I won’t go into details about the talk, but instead, I want to focus on a question you must present to yourself.

Let me set the stage first though…

I’m a “positive thinker.” However, I’m also a man of action. I don’t sit idly by waiting for my surroundings to shape my life. I quite literally shape my surroundings to suit me. I’m not saying that to brag. It’s just a fact…I’ve witnessed it and read it many times. Those who act get results. So my question here is: Do you act or Do you react?

Reaction = Bad End Results

Action = Good End Results (or at least somewhat controlled results)

Now, in being an optimistic pessimist, when I act, I always consider the negative. I don’t let it control my thought process, but I acknowledge it and make myself aware of it. If the positive, for the most part, outweighs the negative, I move forward.

So, in a sense, I prepare for the worst, expecting and doing my darnedest to control the outcome to my desired liking.

Let me pose this question to you: What would you do if it all came down tomorrow? If everything you’ve worked your butt off for all came to an end tomorrow, what’s your game plan? Do you have one? I know you’ve thought of it…

Now, this action to take is a pretty heady request. Well, it’s not really a request. You don’t have to do it. It might make you ill just thinking about it. However, if you don’t think about it, you’ll not be ready.

Preparation and Actions are the KEYS to controlling life and not letting life control you!

Action to Take: Sit down and make a plan. What would YOU do if it all ended tomorrow? No income. No practice. The IRS shuts you down ON ACCIDENT. Or worse, the Feds accidentally raid your office thinking you’re selling drugs when they misread the address… Don’t laugh. It’s happened. And, to more than one dentist. The secret is controlling the final outcome. THAT’S when you can have the last laugh!

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