April 15th is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and everyone is, pardon the pun, jumping on board with articles containing Titanic themed life lessons. So here’s my take.
Optimism within reason is a good thing.
Too much optimism can sink your boat.
Having a glass half full attitude in life leads to less stress, better health and greater opportunities. A glass half empty attitude on the other hand creates just the opposite.
But what about having a glass full to overflowing outlook? What does that do for you?
Well on the Titanic it definitely led to disaster. By declaring that the ship was unsinkable, the White Star Line never entertained the possibility that something could go wrong. That perspective, and perhaps a little greed, led to the fateful decision of only having enough lifeboats for about half of the passengers and crew.
In thinking nothing could go wrong, they never entertained the idea of a plan B. They even cancelled a life boat drill scheduled for the day the ship hit the iceberg.
So what does this mean for you?
Some research suggests that an overly optimistic outlook causes people to ignore reasonable precautions in their lives. When you think, “that will never happen to me”, you never come up with a plausible plan B strategy. You probably also take unnecessary risks.
That’s not to say we should all be worried that we are going down with the ship. On the contrary. Have a optimistic outlook on life and have some strategies in your back pocket for the times when things go a little sideways. Knowing that you’ve got plan B covered actually allows you to be confident in your optimism.
Being prepared for “just in case” lets you enjoy smooth sailing.
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