Practicing Disciplined Optimism

A few weeks ago, Clate Mask, CEO of Infusionsoft, wrote an article for the Small Business Trends blog, entitled “Finding ‘The Zone’ in a Tough Economy“. He talked about as an entrepreneur how he stays focused, especially when times get challenging. He calls his mental focus process “Disciplined Optimism”. Here’s an excerpt of this article:

Disciplined Optimism is a combination of positive attitude, tenacity and hard work. It requires the business owner to:

  • Constantly think positively (read Peale’s Power of Positive Thinking)
  • Tenaciously pursue the success you have envisioned; and
  • Work hard to remove obstacles, always believing you will achieve that success (google “Jim Collins Stockdale Paradox” for more on this)

As everyone is excited and hopeful for great things to happen in this new year, it is imperative that we exercise the practicality of Disciplined Optimism and not just mentally assent to positive thinking. This is crucial, because I have heard it said that excitement gets you started, but discipline keeps you going.

As many prognosticators are commenting that our present economic situation will get worse before it gets better, the practice of Disciplined Optimism will be vital to your short and long-term success. The more difficult our circumstances as entrepreneurs become, the more resolve we need to have to keep driving forward. Not ignoring the external environment, but responding to it and thriving in spite of it.

Because it’s a new year or a new presidential administration (or a new anything else), don’t expect that everything will automatically get better. Plan your work and work your plan. Expect the best and plan for the worst. It is possible for you to rise above what everyone else is sinking in.

Go create a success story that defies the prognosticators and doomsayers. You be the one with the blockbuster business that flourishes against all odds. I will be right there with you. Best wishes for a prosperous 2009!

Empowering Champions,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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About Paul Wilson Jr.
Paul Wilson, Jr. is a "Dream Catalyst" and Marketplace Pastor for leaders and entrepreneurs. He is driven to lead people to unleash God’s potential in their lives through their purpose, passions, and professional skills. He equips leaders with creative, faith-based strategies to flourish spiritually and professionally, while operating from several multi-media platforms, including TV show host, inspirational speaker, and stimulating writer. Paul is the President of Kingdom Business University, which utilizes workshops, consulting, and coaching services to ignite Christian catalysts maximize their God-given mission in the marketplace. He is the author of the life purpose igniter “Dream B.I.G. in 3D: How to Pursue a Bold, Innovative God-Inspired Life!” He is also the host of Passion in Action, a motivational and educational faith-based Internet TV show for social entrepreneurs, business leaders, and community change agents. Contact us today to learn more about how he can help your business, church, or community to thrive on purpose!

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