Hope floats but effort propels
Does any of the following sound familiar?
▪ Have high hopes.
▪ Hope will not disappoint.
▪ Hope for a better tomorrow.
▪ I hope so.
Why is it that so many that people have hope, yet rarely get the very thing that they’re hoping for? The answer? Because hope alone is not enough. If you only have hope, without taking any positive action, you may be waiting your entire life.
Think back to the last time you had to take a test. Which of these two choices sound more like your thoughts prior to taking the test?
▪ I hope I pass.
▪ I totally got this!
If you hoped you were going to pass, the odds are that you didn’t study enough to feel confident; otherwise, you would have thought differently. A great amount of study (effort or practice) will breed confidence and confidence is critical to success.
Let hope inspire a better tomorrow, but take action today and every day to bring it to fruition.
Hope is a buoy…..but…like any buoy, it only floats: it can’t be steered nowhere.
~ Charles Dickens (Dombey and Son)
Hope is NOT a Strategy
Hoping that something works out is suggesting that you have no control over it, as if it’s totally up to luck or chance. While there are certain scenarios that are out of our control, it’s not always the case. Got fired? Were broken up with? Failed a test? Did you have control over any of those outcomes? In most cases, I’d bet that you did.
So what can we do when we have control over the outcome? Let’s break down the word hope and create a new plan of action.
H = Hatch an idea
O = Obsess over it
P = Plan on how to achieve it
E = Endure all obstacles
1: Hatch an idea
First, you must have an idea of what you want. This is the easy part; it’s what you hope for.
▪ More money.
▪ A better job.
▪ A better relationship.
▪ Fill in the blank.
2: Obsess over it
Obsess over all of the possibilities and dream big! Create a burning desire. Keep this idea or thought prominent in your mind while allowing it to spill over into your life. Live it, breathe it and get excited about it.
▪ Do you want the fairytale relationship?
▪ Do you want to leave an incredible legacy behind?
▪ Do you want to increase your income?
▪ What exactly do you want?
3: Plan on how to achieve it
The one thing that can turn hope into reality is planning. You must plan all that it takes to achieve your goal.
▪ Who will you need to help?
▪ What will you need to sacrifice?
▪ How long will it take?
▪ Who will you have to become to achieve it?
▪ What habits will you have to change?
4: Endure all obstacles
Too many people give up before they ever achieve their goals. One or two minor setbacks and they simply lose hope. You must modify the plan if it isn’t propelling you in the right direction, not abandon the plan entirely.
▪ See what went wrong.
▪ Ask for help.
▪ Learn more.
You have to keep going and going and going, while ensuring that you’re continually making progress.
Hope is the only universal liar who never loses his reputation for veracity.
~ Robert G. Ingersoll