There’s Always Hope
Remember the time when you wanted something so badly, you could taste it? The problem was that the odds were clearly against you. How about the time when you faced a superior opponent and feared a crushing defeat? Or when you pushed yourself to the limit and your body shouted, “Enough!” Some folks are quick to give up and find excuses to make the disappointment go away. Others, on the other hand, know that if they’ve overcome the impossible before, they can do it again. The truth is, you can too. There’s always hope!
Winning takes courage, strength, and determination. But those who are able to stare challenges in the eye, and conquer them, secure one of the most powerful tools in life: HOPE.
Dreams are born at the intersection of hope and reality. All it takes is will and desire. You know you have that in spades! So reach down into your soul and show what you’re made of.
Hope is believing –– even when there’s no tangible truth.
It opens your eyes and your heart to possibilities.
Hope helps you believe you can even when others think you can’t.
It has a way of saying, “Get up and go” when everything else is saying, “Stop and say no.”
Hope helps you find yourself when you think you’ve lost your way.
It encourages you to reach for the stars when the prize feels light-years away.
Hope motivates you to push right through when difficulties give you every reason to pause.
It inspires you to show some faith when problems feel like they’re too big to handle.
Hope tells you you’re one step closer even when you feel miles apart.
It tells you that you can still win even when you feel like all is lost.
Hope has a way of saying that even a bad start can still have a happy ending.
Believe. You Can Do It!
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Patrick McDaniel says
Frank, thanks for the encouragement. Well said! I can always benefit from a hopeful perspective.
Isn’t it interesting that it is easier to have hope for someone else who is discouraged than it is for yourself, especially if you have had a recent setback.
One reason for this is an interesting human tendency, verified by research, to overestimate the impact that extreme events will have on our lives (called impact bias).
In other words, when you experience a defeat or setback, you automatically extrapolate that situation out into the future. If it is a rainy day today, it is easier for our brain to believe it will keep raining tomorrow.
The result is that the next time we face difficult odds, we pull these memories out as justification on why it will end the same way. We conclude “the situation is hopeless” and give up too early.
That perception, of course, is not reality. We must intentionally talk to ourselves in hopeful tones to combat the bias of our fears.
Your article certainly helps too. Thanks Frank!
Frank Sonnenberg says
Thanks for sharing the research Patrick. I never heard that 🙂
The key is remembering all the times that you lacked hope and things turned out for the best. I’m sure we can all point to examples.
Have an awesome day!
eula biezen says
Thank you so much for this encouragement.
Truly, I needed to hear this today.
When our strength is wearing out,
when the fog covers the horizon,
when time stretches itself to the point that we are forced to see farther,
when our own voice is becoming louder than the truth,
Then, there are always words that can turn it all around
and redirect our efforts and resharpen our tools and refocus our vision.
Words that allow us to lift ourselves from defeat to Triumph.
Thank you Frank, yours are the best words
Frank Sonnenberg says
Thank you Eula. YOUR words are beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing!
What about when you have had hope and you’ve Done everything in your power to achieve your goal & life still says No
Frank Sonnenberg says
Excellent question, Jess
Most things worthwhile in life don’t come easy. If history’s any indication, you’ll run into roadblocks and face setbacks before you reach the finish line. And, if you’re like most people, you’ll probably fail several times. The key is how you react to those disappointments.
Successful people know that every worthwhile goal carries some element of disappointment. Failure is a challenge to be overcome, a test to defy your will, and in the end, a learning opportunity. For others, it is viewed negatively as an opportunity to feel sorry and complain, a reason to belittle oneself, and an excuse to give up too quickly.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re trying to kick a bad habit, run a marathon, or make your dreams come true…the formula’s the same. Some folks use setbacks as an excuse to throw in the towel by saying, “I’m done.” BUT if you want to be a winner, you’ll push on! The truth is that many people fail simply because they quit right before they cross the finish line.
Thanks for taking the time to write.