Delusional Optimism

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Today’s guest post is from Antonio Neves. Neves is an award-winning broadcast journalist and the founder of THINQACTIONwhere he coaches exceptional young professionals. Neves is adept at getting people to commit to action. I thought his insight would be a great addition for the Colipera fans. I hope you enjoy. Here’s Antonio.

Throughout my life I’ve been a professional storyteller and a question asker. I’ve been fortunate to do this in my career as a television host, a producer and broadcast journalist. Of all the stories I’ve told, and there have been hundreds, the ones that stand out most are the stories of those with what I call “delusional optimism.”

There are various definitions of delusional optimism and here’s how I’m framing it: delusionally optimistic people dream big. Like BIG. Instead of asking themselves if something they’re pursing is realistic, they ask themselves if they really want to achieve it and determine how bad they want it regardless if others label them as crazy.

This is primarily the case with the scores of entrepreneurs I’ve interviewed over the years for business shows and magazine articles. When people told them their business idea had no chance, they still went after it. When the bank turned them down for a loan, they found another way to pay for it. When an initial product or service didn’t fare well in the market, the adapted and learned from their mistakes.

Though many of these entrepreneurs seemed “delusional” to others with their business ideas and goals, there’s one thing that separates them from the pack. That “thing” is that they took action on their delusions. After they were done daydreaming they did all they could to make their dreams come true. When they got knocked down, they got back up and continued to take action one step at a time. Note: Small consistent steps can get you a long way.

The good thing is that even if you’re not an entrepreneur, you can bring a little delusional optimism to your life.  How? First, get clear on what you want to achieve. What the heck, create a big vision for this. Your vision can be for your professional or personal life. It can be for a large goal or a small goal. Now that you have an idea of what you’d like to accomplish, think big picture and ask yourself what’s the first step that you can take to achieve this. For example, if you were building a shanghai houseyou probably would need a blueprint first. Then you’d probably need to lay a foundation, etc.  You get the point. For you, your first step could be a phone call or e-mail, joining a group or scheduling a meeting. Something simple. After you take the first step, figure out the next step and then the next.

The key with all of the above is that you’re taking action. Consistent action with a specific goal in mind. This action can be measured on a daily basis so that you can see your progress. This is something that you can share with others for accountability. And one last thing. Before you can do all of the above there’s an important ingredient required. This ingredient is called commitment. After you commit, re-commit on a daily basis. After all, this is what you really want right?

So today, get a little delusionally optimistic. Get a little optimistic. But warning, you might get what you most want.

Neves invited me to guest post on his blog today. You can read that post here.

  • Dheeraj Anand

    Thumbs Up !