Take a moment and survey your horizon. What is it telling you? Is your future full of hope and promise or is it foreboding and worrisome? Are you feeling optimistic about the rest of your life or does it look like a minefield of obstacles still facing you?
The fact is that your perception of the future will most likely determine the outcome. Having hope will project happiness . But if you approach it hopelessly you will find happiness difficult to come by. Dr. Richard P. Johnson refers to this as “the self-fulfilling prophecy principal.” If you have high expectations you will begin organizing and preparing yourself to make good things happen. Conversely, if you dread what lies ahead you will not take any actions to change your future, thus assuring the negative outcomes to follow.
Either set of self-beliefs will likely govern the results. What you expect to happen probably will. So spend some time thinking about the future and decide if it is calling you to be optimistic or pessimistic. You have the freedom to choose between the two viewpoints. You should choose wisely.