Monday, March 24, 2014

Hope

Hope. (n) a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.

What is hope?
For me hope is believing that things will be different, it is believing that all my dreams and wished will come to be.  Hope is the belief that you will find peace in this crazy world.

Why hope?
Hope is what drives ordinary people to do extraordinary things.  Without hope how do we endure some of life's most difficult moment?  Imagine how disheartening it would be in troubling situation without any insight or prediction of success?  That is why we NEED hope.  Hope gives us the strength to give it another shot.  People whom have lost hope tend to be depressed and fearful because their vision is limited to the here and now vs. a better future or outcome.

How to be more hopeful

Set a goal.  I know it seems impossible to pursue a goal when it feels like the whole world is crashing around you.  But in having a goal that it allows you to focus on the crisis and determine an action plan to overcome whatever it may be.  Having a goal doesn't take the crisis away but it puts it into a perspective that can be easier to manage.

Seek Support.  You'd be surprised how many people have dealt with an experience similar to yours.  Not only are other people dealing with the same burdens many are thriving.  By staying connected and developing a strong supportive network you will have the experiences and successes of others to draw inspiration and hope from.

Keep your self esteem in tact.  It's easy when going through a stressful event to lose sight of our abilities and skills.  Always remind yourself of your strengths and positive attributes.  This helps build your confidence which you will need to overcome and endure.

Be adaptable.  People who can't adapt quickly will struggle when confronted with adversity.  By being adaptable you are able to quickly respond to a crisis and not be paralyzed by fear.