When it comes to work, I’m an Eeyore, and I’m OK with that.
When someone proposes a new idea, I immediately begin to think of all the problems or things that would prevent it from succeeding. It’s not that I don’t support the idea, most times I do, but my brain kicks into logistical overload and I think through all the obstacles and challenges that would need to be overcome to make it happen.
It’s a blessing and curse…especially when you’re known as the happy act blogger.
But I’ve come to embrace my Eeyore and I believe it has helped me in my communications work.
It allows me to anticipate problems, think things through, and make better decisions.
It has helped me to develop emotional intelligence and a risk lens, so when the time comes to execute, we’ve done a good job planning and preparing for most contingencies.
It has also helped me to accept the things I cannot change, courage to try to change the things I can, even if I haven’t mastered the wisdom to know the difference.
Dan Rockwell in his Leadership Freak blog says you can be negative and still succeed. Overly optimistic leaders minimize challenges, fail to anticipate problems and are more likely to throw in the towel when success doesn’t happen quickly.
Being optimistic is great, but blind optimism is dangerous.
This week’s #HappyAct is to embrace your Eeyore but never lose the faith.