One of our greatest gifts is hope.
It’s the belief or feeling that what you desire can happen. Hope is trusting in possibility; it’s a positive expectation. It’s one of the most essential and powerful human emotions
We all have two things in common – no one is immune from difficult times and we all have a choice in how we handle those events. How we react determines the intensity of the stress we encounter during trying times.
With hope anxiety is lessened and possibilities expand. Without it, nothing feels likely and motivation to journey forward is a true struggle. Hope allows us to stay openminded, creative and positive even in the most difficult times.
It allows us to keep investigating new ideas, solutions or pathways to solve or deal with the hardship. Hope gives us something positive to focus on. Without hope there’s nothing to propel us forward and it’s tempting to raise the white flag of surrender. Hope pivots our perspective. With it we can see light in the darkness, without it, the walls feel like they’re closing in.
How do we maintain hope in a crisis?
We must look for the tiniest glimmer of light; the smallest blessing or reason to be grateful. Spark hope by continually asking, what’s one good thing in my life right now? What can bring me comfort? What possibilities can I hold out for? Nurture those thoughts because what we focus on expands.
When tempted to go down the rabbit hole of despair, remember the energy of our thoughts is like a boomerang – what we put out, comes back to us amplified.
Focus on something positive. You don’t have to be a Pollyanna to make this work; you simply need to spotlight one good thing happening in the present moment to resuscitate hope.
We can’t simply wish for something to happen; we must take inspired action to create the desired outcome. Is it a plan of action with small steps toward realizing a goal or is it quiet time with compassion and prayer? The action depends on the situation.
Hope changes us physically, emotionally and spiritually
Physically, the brains of those who regularly acquiesce to negative thinking create neural pathways that are reinforced with each additional gloomy thought. This leads to a cascade of emotional and spiritual challenges including constant melancholy and even depression.
In contrast, the opposite is proven in plenty of research – holding a hopeful outlook literally safeguards our bodies from illness and dis-ease. Embodying hope means you consciously look for evidence that good things can happen which becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, raising your vibration. Hope allows us to feel connected to positive people or a higher power therefore we feel less alone and more secure.
Need a game changer?
Create a habit of nurturing hope in every circumstance. Feed your soul by grounding yourself in positive expectations.
Set a daily intention that good things will come and practice deeply connecting to the organic joys and blessings life offers.
About the Author
Linda Mitchell, a Professional Transformational Coach, is the founder of Linda Mitchell Coaching and Healing. She has been coaching and practicing in the healing arts for over 20 years, operating from a deep desire to empower people to move through life’s many challenges and transitions with ease and grace. Her unique “Reinvention Program” helps people reclaim balance, and better health and gain clarity on their next steps in order to define, create and truly live the life they desire.