With Hope

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“ Hope never abandons you; you abandon it. ”
George Weinberg

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Why is hope important? Well, life is difficult. There are many obstacles. Having goals is not always enough. One has to keep getting closer to those goals, amidst all the inevitable twists and turns of life. Hope allows people to approach problems with a mindset and strategy-set necessary for  success, thereby increasing the chances they will actually accomplish their goals.

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Set performance goals, not ‘outcome’ goals – It is important to take care to set goals over which you have as much control as possible. It can be quite dispiriting to fail to achieve a personal goal for reasons beyond your control.

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Those lacking hope may choose easy tasks that do not offer a challenge or opportunity for growth. When they fail, they quit. They do not believe in their ability to obtain the kind of future they want. They have no hope.

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Hope can be distinguished from other psychological tools, such as self-efficacy and optimism. Self-efficacy refers to your belief that you can master an area. Optimism refers to a general expectation that it will all just ‘be alright’. Hope, self-efficacy, and optimism are all incredibly important tools and contribute to the attainment of goals.

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No one needs to tell us how to hope. No one told us we need to breathe or get food… we just do it. Hope is the same way. Keep progressing, hoping. Find the courage today to make your hopes come true .

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“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words. And never stops at all”
Emily Dickinson

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