I presented the pep talk and the concept of the Inferiority Complex as the first-ever weekly topic because meaningful progress will never take place in Escondido unless we collectively undergo a significant attitude adjustment. In fact, when creating Think Grand, I intentionally chose the name as a bold challenge to the Inferiority Complex.
The problem with negativity and cynicism is that they lead to small thinking and a "that will never happen here" attitude. No city, no group, no cause, no person can possibly move forward under those circumstances.
The bottom line: Positive thinking and problem solving do not guarantee success, but they are our best hope because negative thinking absolutely guarantees failure.
I challenge you to do better. I challenge you to Think Grand and combat the Escondido Inferiority Complex every single day. Here's how:
- Find "Your Escondido"
Every one of us has hobbies, interests, and other passions. Find things about Escondido that match your interests, and get involved. If you love hiking and nature, then make frequent use of our parks and special destinations like Dixon Lake or Daley Ranch, and even volunteer in things like trash pickup or trail restoration if you have the time. If you love kids, volunteer in one of our schools. If literacy and learning are important to you, help out at the library. If you're a budding entrepreneur, take the leap and start your new business right here, and then consider ways in which you can get involved with the local business community. Find Your Escondido, and embrace it without reservation.
- Brag relentlessly about Your Escondido
Once you've found Your Escondido, tell the world about it. When you're at a party and people ask you where you live, say it proudly, and tell them why you like it so much. I want you to take a cue from users of Apple products and become ardent "fanboys" and "fangirls" who passionately love the city they call home. No more "I like Escondido, but...." Instead, tell people "I love Escondido." Period.
- Acknowledge real problems and deal with them in the correct way: constructively
Part of loving someone or something involves being honest enough to confront and discuss issues when they arise. Do NOT gloss over problems and act like they don't exist. Instead, work to solve them, in ways big and small. If you see a problem, come up with your own innovative solution, and offer it either here via Think Grand, or by writing your elected officials directly. Don't contribute to the "battle of no" by dismissing other people's ideas out of hand. Instead, offer your own great idea, discuss things openly and honestly, and try to compromise. We won't always agree, but we have to realize that even our "opponents" want the same thing we do — to improve Escondido. Stay constructive with an eye towards innovation at all times.
That's it, your three-step process to ending the Inferiority Complex and building a better Escondido. The changes won't happen overnight, but if we stick to the plan, keep a positive attitude, and work together, there's no problem our community can't solve.
Discussion topic: What's Your Escondido?
Many of you reading have already found your Escondido, and we need to hear about it! Share your favorite activities, groups, businesses, and characteristics of our community here so that others can become involved as well:
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