How far have you traveled in the past seven months? How many failures and setbacks have you experienced during the same period? How hopeful are you about the future?
What information and clues did you use as you examined these questions?
We have all heard the idea that Hope in itself is not a strategy. For many—including me—it sure does inspire and mobilize us to take bolder, more committed action toward a better future for ourselves and those in our communities.
Where and in what ways can you meet, greet, and embrace Hope wherever you are, regardless of the distance traveled or the failures gathered? What steps can and will you take today, tomorrow, and down the road to realize the hopeful future you desire?
“The key to the future of the world is finding the hopeful stories and letting them be known.”
—Pete Seeger, 20th Century American folk singer and social activist
Image from Unsplash by NeONBRAND
Where do you get news about local and global events?
To what extent do these outlets use the “If it bleeds, it leads” approach? What do they do to keep your eyeballs glued to the site, so you also see the ads for various pharmaceutical products to speak about with your doctor?
What percent of these newscasts and articles focus primarily on the negative rather than offering a higher percentage of hopeful stories along with the objective fact-based realities?
Stories of hope, compassion, empathy, and courage can and do inspire us to bring out and express these qualities in our personal and professional communities.
What positive and hopeful stories do you write and share, to uplift those around you?
How can and will you inspire others in your world to do the same to raise our global spirits?
“All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and someone who believes in them.”
—Magic Johnson, former Los Angeles Laker Basketball Superstar
Weston on his 1st Birthday
How often do you video chat with family and friends that live far away? A few weeks ago, Wendy and I were delighted to see our one-year-old grandson Weston take 10 steps at the encouragement of his mom — our daughter Rachel.
Our children are our future, and I have no doubt that Weston will be an extraordinary young man due to the hope, help, and belief we all have in him.
Who are the big and little kids in your world that need and deserve even more belief and support? In what ways can and will you more fully contribute to their growth and development?
Though hope may seem like a soft concept, it has hard edges and bottom line implications in the world of professional and personal achievement. Shane Lopez Ph.D., a professor at The University of Kansas School of Business, and a Gallup Senior Scientist, points to the following “Bottom Line” benefits of hope:
Hope is the basis of all positive change.
Hopefulness can be learned and taught.
Hope is different from wishing due to its active quality. Wishing is passive and undermines the chances of success.
People work harder, and greater resources are put behind hopeful endeavors.
Hopeful organizational cultures dramatically enhance employee engagement and productivity.
What are the personal or professional projects you are working on that require a booster shot of hope to help them become realized?
Consider checking out Shane Lopez’s Book Making Hope Happen if you would like to learn more.