Okay, so you have this really great idea of what you want to do with your life.
You’ve finally come up with something that you believe you can really enjoy, while at the same time getting out of the tedious cycle of misery that has become your work and home life.
The thought of it makes you giddy and hopeful, like you have newfound inspiration. You don’t even mind the mundane aspects that come along with it because you know in the end it’ll be much, much better than what you’re dealing with now.
You don’t have everything ironed out yet, but you know you can work that out later.
The most important thing now is having an idea that will work. It makes no sense to know the whole process before realizing that it leads you to a dead end.
You’re so pleased with yourself for coming up with this that you had to share it with someone. So you tell your friend about your upcoming endeavor.
At first it seems like they’re listening but as you’re talking they start to make these odd facial expressions. Then as soon as you stop speaking they hit you with these machine gun like questions.
Every question is blowing a hole into your armor of glee. And there go those facial expressions again.
Why are they looking at you like you’re crazy?!
What started out as a cheerful conversation about your future now has you wondering if you need to go back to the drawing board.
Since you’ve had that life altering conversation with your friend you haven’t done much.
It’s like they left you paralyzed in some kind of awkward limbo.
You haven’t completely given up on the idea because you love it so much and it would finally put you in the place that you feel that you should already be in.
But you haven’t moved forward either because you feel like your friend might be on to something. Maybe your dream isn’t good enough to pursue.
You’re so confused and torn you don’t know what move to make. You’re hesitant about everything now.
You thought you had the basics figured out but now it seems like you might’ve been wrong.
Your friend blasted so many holes in your dream. They didn’t understand how it could work. They didn’t see what you did.
You recognize that you have a little better understand of it than they do, but the whole thing still has you questioning if whatever is pushing towards it is enough.
What Do You Need?
Exactly what you have, that’s what you need.
That undying desire to continue on, that faith that things will come together and that you’ll figure things out as they come, that hope.
Hope isn’t typically a feeling people look for when deciding to take action. It usually isn’t an emotion that is even recognized until every other one has been expressed.
Hope is expecting that things are going to work out without knowing how they will. It’s an inexplicable feeling of trust.
This seems ineffective but hope can be very impactful.
As long as you have that feeling of hope you can turn a bad idea to your friend into the best thing that has ever happen to you. Just ask Michael Jordan.
He didn’t make it on to his high school basketball team. They didn’t see his talent, just like you friend could not see the potential for success in your dream.
But that didn’t stop him. Hope drove him to continue on with his dream of playing the sport he loved.
Now, he is undeniably viewed as a superstar on the court with numerous championships and accolades. Jordan is considered to be one the greatest to ever play in the NBA.
All he had was hope and he still became the greatest, and you can too.
Hope has this incredible way of helping you to overcome obstacles. It’s like your invisible aid. When you’re stuck it helps you through.
Take a look at the different ways hope plays a big part in cultivating your greatness:
1. It’s the seed you need
You know what happens when you plant a seed. It grows into something much larger than the seed ever was.
Whenever you want something, having that feeling of hope behind it is an indication that it could actually be what you want and more.
Even though you may not see the whole picture there is still a force pulling the pieces together.
2. You’re real with yourself
You know how many times you’ve jerked yourself around, setting up unrealistic time frames and believing in concepts what you later realized didn’t make sense.
When you’re hopeful you are honest with yourself because your desire for it to work out is much greater. You know there is no time to kid around.
3. It drives you
Hope pushes you to do what you can to make sure things work out. Your ability to take action comes from hope.
When you’re that driven to bring about a specific outcome, you do what you have to and not too long after incredible things start to happen.
4. Solutions flow
When you’re stuck with a problem that’s hard to resolve, unnoticeably you end up hoping that is gets worked out.
What ends up happening is that your mind begins to sift through the different possible solutions for solving the problem. Before you know it you’ve got a couple ways to handle the challenging obstacle.
5. Taps into your genius
When you’re hoping for something to happen you really don’t have a clue how it will, but your mind still continues to work on that.
Being hopeful taps into different characteristics that you typically don’t use. You end up stretching yourself.
So don’t be surprised if you come up with something magnificent that solves your problem.
6. Commits you
Being hopeful connects you in a different way. You become tied into finding a way to make it work.
That commitment bonds you to your dream in a way that makes your focus and determination razor sharp.
7. It’s natural
This is probably the best part of being hopeful. It can make the whole process easier.
When you want something to work out that badly you need very little forceful motivation. You’re pretty much ready to go at any moment.
Often enough, your mind is constantly working on it in the background. That’s where that surprising epiphany comes from.
8. It allows you to move on
You have already experienced many circumstances where you are powerless and annoyed by your inability to change things. Being hopeful moves you away from that.
Hope allows you to focus inward and strengthen your character. You’re able to let go of what you can’t control and concentrate on what you can.
Being the Greatest
Stop thinking that you need some kind of concrete formula for success to validate your dreams. Having hope is good enough and actually a very good start.
Having that passion and hope for your dreams is a great indication that you’ll do what you have to to make it a reality.
Not everyone is going to understand your connection to it but that should not stop you.
It didn’t stop Jordan and he still managed to live his dream. Not too shabby for a hopeful young kid that was rejected by his high school team.
Embrace the challenge and believe in the unbelievable because your hope will help you overcome it, surprising your friends and yourself.
Do you have hope?