There is an old saying, prepare for the worst yet hope for the best.
While this is good advice, it can leave you with a rather bleak outlook on life, always looking for the worst case scenario.
The trick is to balance this with a positive outlook. While you are looking for what bad may happen, look for what good may happen.
In other words, look on both extremes of what may come. Look for what the worst may happen, but also look for what good may happen.
While it is good to prepare for the bad that may come, it is also important to prepare for the good that may come too.
Bad may and will come, though it will not come all the time. Good may and will come, though it will not come all the time.
The best approach is to “hedge your bets” so to speak. Make preparations for both the good and the bad of what may befall you.
Hope for, prepare for, and work towards the good outcome, while at the same time prepare for, and be ready for the bad that may come.
To stay positive you need to recognize your wins and celebrate your successes while not becoming overconfident or arrogant.
As I have said, balance is key in moving forward.
As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward.