One way to hang onto your optimism is to have a plan in the event of a worst-case scenario.
For Winston Churchill as prime minister of Great Britain in 1940, not long after the Nazi invasions of Norway and Denmark, and right after the escape of the British expeditionary force from Dunkirk, that plan evolved quickly.
In his famous “fight them on the beaches” address, Churchill declared that his nation would never surrender.
But he went on to say that “even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the Old.”
Lesson: Have a backup plan in place because, as Churchill did, you might just need it.
— Adapted from Churchill’s Empire, Richard Toye, Henry Holt and Co.