Ideally, optimism is rooted in rational thought and logic.  As you move into the New Year with positive thoughts about what’s possible, check to ensure that your optimism is appropriately grounded. Consider asking for feedback on your goals to ensure that they are realistic; reflect on past successes and the strategies you used to achieve them; and get buy-in from others.  Watch for signs of hesitation or questions about the feasibility of your plans. Explore the signs, ask for thought partnership, and consider the perspective of others. By incorporating some of these safeguards, you can determine whether your goals will “bring others along” with you or leave them behind in the dust.