How to use HOPE to Get You Through Tough Times

by anne preston on July 9, 2012

Hope in Tough Times

Are these tough times?

Have you ever felt like your hope for success has diminished?

Have you ever wondered if it would return?  

When HOPE is limited, it usually means you have focused on just ONE perspective and usually NOT a very resourceful one.

 

 

When times are tough, often the possibilities and lightness of hopefulness has been diminished in some way.

Hopefulness is both a mindset as well as a larger state of being that includes things  like being courageous, optimistic, patient, and proactive.

Practicing these states individually can help move you towards greater hopefulness.

Here are 5 hip ways to be more hopeful in tough times:

1. Think ahead. Being proactive and taking self-responsibility for your future is one of the best ways to expect hopefulness.  When you move toward your outcomes and have ‘imagined’ the future (a learned skill), you can expect greater awareness of possible blocks and resistance.  Then, you can proactively do something about them NOW, not dread for them to show up.

2. Get comfortable with uncertainty.   This is more than patience. It’s about learning how to wait for “knowing,” a kind of clarity that comes from both your mind and body. It’s about learning emotional mastery and increasing your flexibility to be open to possibilities without the fear of being overwhelmed by your feelings.  When you hone your skill to wait for clarity, you also hone your capacity for patience and hope.

3. Lean towards optimism.  How you use your words and your stories contribute to your overall attitude.   When you use hopeful words like love, enjoy, and trust, you can bolster your hope so much more than words like hate or hurt.  The same is true of the stories you tell.  Tell optimistic stories and you’ll experience more optimism.

Are you telling stories that are positively framed? Do you share your experience and what you learned?  Or, instead, do you negatively frame your experience and share what didn’t work and keep a judgemental stance?

“Once you choose HOPE, ANYTHING is possible” – Christopher Reeve

4. Risk courage.  Going outside of your current belief and comfort zone and giving yourself a little challenge will help you go to bed satisfied, and wake up inspired.  When you are inspired, you are naturally more hopeful.  This does not need to be huge acts of courage - small acts of courage can help with your hopefulness too.

5. Think Universal. Use the law of attraction as a resource.  What do you think might be possible if you adopted a high level frame of mind that believed, “Everything happens for its best possible outcome?”  What if you embraced a belief that everything is as it should be, and that the future will be as well? Do you think that would influence and improve your perspective around hope?

Bringing in more possibilities naturally increases HOPE.  When you can entertain more possibility, your openness also nurtures your feelings of expectation and desire, which are the hallmarks of hope.

It’s possible to leave the perspective of “tough times” behind and see it as just that, a perspective.

You no longer need to be chained to the unresourceful view that “these are tough times.”  By simply opening up to practicing states of patience, pro-activity, and small incremental courage, you can choose the more resourceful viewpoint of HOPE.

 

 

 

 

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