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.





Personal Leadership – When Better Doesn’t Matter

Getting better at something doesn’t mean much when you are talking about something that really doesn’t matter to you.

Better doesn’t matter when you are talking about something you never intend to finish anyway.

Better doesn’t matter in the real world, when you are striving or are using a yard stick against someone else’s progress.





Getting better is a personal pursuit based on demonstration of your own self-defined success.

  • It’s setting and keeping your own standards vs. keeping up with the Jones’
  • It’s being effective enough to complete – and then look for ways to improve things (getting things done – then better)
  • It’s continually improving how you work en route to getting things done
  • It’s caring about being better in every way you are and everything you do
  • It’s being willing to practice to become masterful vs. just competent
  • It’s going for personal fulfillment vs. just settling

When you undertake a path of “betterism” you say – “I am going to pay attention; I am going to make something really, really matter; I am going to pay attention to these specific things that really matter to me.”

So better doesn’t matter when you don’t care – but when you do, it’s everything.

Here are a few tips on how to get better at something that really matters to you personally:

Make it Sacred. When you see something as sacred – it raises your level of attention towards it. You focus on it. You are mindful of it. When you see your path towards being better as sacred – you walk with a purpose – and you are able to tell – right through your personal energy – if anything changes and you leave the path. What’s the Result? You get back on the path much faster.

See it as So. When you can hold a vision of what success looks like, sounds like, tastes like and feels like even before it is immediately before you, you can actually count the steps – to the realism of your vision.

Dreaming things as already done – helps you to feel the personal fulfillment now – and gives you the inspiration you need to pull you forward.

You see your future as a matter of practice. You are also going to be able to see every resource you will need on your path to getting things done. Every step you take – the more clarity you will make.

Even if you fail, failure is progress because you can effectively learn from failing – and make things better.

Simply Simplify. When you keep things to their simplest version, you expand your ability to hold focus on it.

When you keep things in manageable bite-size pieces – you can chew things more easily. Being overwhelmed isn’t a problem when you always have your next step right there in front of you.

What usually causes the problem is the illusion there is too much. Narrowing your focus to what is most meaningful now – helps you limit things so you can focus on important things and getting them better.

So, if you have already decided to make something better, yourself better, or the world better because it is meaningful for you – The world is ready for you and more than that it really needs you.

If you don’t care, don’t want more, and are satisfied the way things are that’s ok. You just haven’t heard the call yet. Please just support others who are ready to get things better.