Before there is change, there is hope for change. Hope taps into yearnings to alter our lives, to realize our dreams, end our despair, assure our luck, achieve our desires, validate our ambitions, or confirm our trust.
The meaning of hope can, for some, also be stretched to include wishful thinking, greedy obsessions, lust, gullibility, blind faith, false promises, or ignorance of unwanted consequences.
Hope, when expressed in these extremes, can hurt others when it disregards realities, overlooks pain and sacrifice, or blocks flexibility. The importance of hope in our lives is that it is one key to personal change. We rarely seek change without some expectation of a positive outcome.
More about Hope
Hope is a positive forecast, an opening to the future. Hope is the oil that greases the skids of change by posing the possibility that we can improve on our lives. Hope is an attitude, belief, mood, or strategy in which we overestimate the future, affecting our judgments about uncertain situations so that we anticipate movement in a positive direction.
Hope offers a prophesy of success. Positive overestimates often are self-fulfilling because hope tends to produce action in the direction of realizing the forecast. Hope stimulates us to bring energy and commitment to situations that, in turn, tend to tip the scales in the direction we want them to go. It may even offer us a head start by suggesting concrete pathways and options for change.
Hope springs internal. While our personal needs, values, and beliefs engender hope, hope gains form and direction through our relationships and life circumstances. We base the likelihood of realizing hope on information we gather to make informed decisions.