This week, we wanted to share a few thoughts about HOPE.
As human beings, we like to have certainty and control and when we don’t have it, we can trigger the feeling of fear. To help us turn down the volume on fear we can turn to hope and even learn to cultivate hope to help us continue to move forward. Hope helps us be more resilient in the face of setbacks.
Charles Synder, Ph.D. defined hope as “the process of thinking about one’s goals, combined with both the motivation to move towards the goals and the concrete ways of achieving the goals.” We need hope to give us confidence even during the darkest moments.
Hope helps us continue to move towards our goals even in the absence of certainty and control. When one doorway closes, hope helps us see another door opening – a new pathway for reaching our goal.
We can cultivate hope by thinking about what we want. Take a moment to reflect on these questions:
- What are your hopes for the future? What do you desire in life?
- How can you use your strengths to take one action towards your future today?
Let’s set a tiny goal and accomplish it today! Be intentional about starting your day with hope. Now, more than ever, when we have no idea what the next press conference or community announcement will bring, we can seek to cultivate hope and share it with others. This too shall pass. And, when it does, we will already have found new pathways to achieving our goals.
Let’s cultivate hope this week, together!