How to use HOPE to Get You Through Tough Times

How to Use Hope to Inspire

 

Are these tough times?

Searching for Hope

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. Being comfortable with uncertainty is 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?

Bring in more possibilities to 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.Hope in Tough Times

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 most resourceful viewpoint of HOPE.

 

 

 

 

How to Live from Wholeness – All the time

One of the biggest sources of any roadblock you may face, is born out of not remembering to live from a state of wholeness.

I know at first glance, that might seem an odd statement, yet when you get caught in the illusion that you are neither whole nor complete but instead separate – it’s possible to lose your most resourceful perspective.

What happens when you don’t live from Awareness and Wholeness?   Problems tend to happen and you get stuck in isolation, confusion, or chaos.

It is possible to live from the state of awareness – all the time.  It just takes practice with the intention to live from awareness – all the time.

The act of remembering we are as ONE is a daily practice of effective personal leadership.

The first step to living from awareness is to identify all your current barriers to living from wholeness. Here are few places to look:

The Area of Perspective

Are you a thinky person? If you get overly identified with being the knower, it’s easy to lose track of the flexibility that comes from being a nimble perspective shifter.

If you have ever caught yourself thinking “I am right, and it should be ‘this way” ”  – you just might be in a singular perspective where you are wishing you could control the outcome.   Unfortunately, what happens as soon as you shift into THAT perspective you lose your connection with awareness and the ability to ‘know’.  There can be a big, big difference between knowing and thinking.  When you know – you know how you know – and there is certainty that comes from knowing.

Openness and ability to wait for clarity (knowing) is a key skill to living from wholeness

  The Area of Feelings

 Are you avoiding any unpleasant experience?  If you have ever found yourself not trusting and acting on your intuition, or spending a lot of time ‘outside of the present moment’ telling stories, or feeling anxious about the future, or getting caught up in the grip of an emotion like frustration or guilt – you’re starting to identify some of the barriers to living from wholeness in this area of feelings and emotions.

The energy of these feelings can actually be a gatekeeper to your connection with awareness.  All to often when you feel you might be overwhelmed by an emotional experience, you’ll head a way from the experience at hand in order to protect yourself from the feeling of being overwhelmed.  The personal leadership skill in this area is to make a comittment to yourself to avoid nothing and to feel everything.

Feeling everything there needs to be felt is a key skill to living from wholeness

The Area of Love

Are you Embodying Your Love?   Are you oozing love?  If you have ever found yourself gazing at a small toothless child – and felt the wave of love come over you – you know what I am talking about.  The energy of love is palpable.    If you are separated from this perspective of LOVE, it’s easy to get caught up in a wash of overwhelming emotion.  Often those feelings are ones of fear and concern.   If you find yourself looking for validation or for love outside of yourself to feel your own sense of wholeness, that might be a signal that you are caught in an illusion of separateness.

The personal leadership skill in the area of love is to make a commitment to yourself that you will self-validate.  Love without needing love in return and engage your energies in mutually beneficial relationships.  The advanced skill is to maintain a state of oozing-love.    Here are some tips on how  to raise your LOVE vibration.

Self-love and self-validation are key to living from wholeness.

Living your life in a perspective of  wholeness is possible with practice.  It takes paying attention to your mind-body messages and cultivating a desire to main your connection with awareness of awareness.