Get Your Hopes UP!

I was raised on the phrase, “Don’t get your hopes up!”  Were you told something like that?

Maybe you were or maybe you tell it to your children now.  DON’T.

This isn’t some motivational BS lecture.  It isn’t “The Secret,” “Think and Grow Rich,” or “Pie in the Sky.”   Just don’t put in your childrens’ minds that they shouldn’t expect the best.

When we were all children, we thought we could conquer the world.  The leading successful people still think they can take it on and win.  Do you?

It won’t ruin them for life.  I have a great job; gorgeous, supportive wife; wonderful kids; I get to travel and take super vacations; and I have thrived in a turbulent (and for some devastating) economy.  But I still fight that urge to “not get my hopes up” all the time.

I discovered that having high hopes will sometimes lead to lows in life.  No question about that.

But if you don’t expect great things, then great things rarely happen to you.  If you live in dread, dreadful things will happen to you.  And if you live in fear…  well, you figure that one out.

Get your hopes up and go for the impossible.  Shoot for the unreachable.  Aim for the un-hittable.  You will be surprised how many people you will pass on the way up who have their hopes DOWN.

JIM MATHIS is an international speaking professional and best-selling author of the book: “Reinvention Made Easy:  Change Your Strategy, Change Your Results.”  To receive his monthly e-zine with articles and thoughts like this, send a message with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line to: subscribe@jimmathis.com.

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