Bringing Hope Back

I have decided that 2013 will be the year that I focus on, generate and spread one of the most powerful, yet underrated feelings you can experience:  HOPE.  According to Webster’s Online Dictionary, when you have hope, you “expect with confidence – or trust” that something you want to happen will or that someone you want to believe in will deliver.  In my experience, hope has fallen out of favor and we have instead adopted cynicism, doubt and distrust as the armor we wear though life – and work -- each day.

When I speak of hope, I am doing so despite the disappointment we’ve experienced when our trusted religious, governmental and business leaders have made – and continue to make -- very public mistakes.  I am committed to find and spread hope even when our trusted places –elementary schools, movie theaters and shopping malls – have been violated with death and destruction.  Even with an economy that has been tough.  Even in the face of the incredibly scary storms we have seen and the devastation left in their wake.  Life can be hard. It’s who we are in the face of difficulty that reflects our true character and determines how much possibility and positivity we will experience in this life.  Who are you being – hopeful or downtrodden or just plain resigned?

I, for one, am refusing to wear a cloak of negativity or resignation.  Instead, my faith and direct personal experiences have taught me that the power of positivity – of a hopeful mindset – will drive change where it doesn’t seem possible, transform relationships where love seems lost and generate incredible results when success seems impossible.  In my work at ConvergenceCoaching, I have the privilege of generating hope within firms, teams and individuals – hope for a better way of thinking, feeling, behaving, and communicating.  When the spark of hope is ignited, teams come together, momentum develops and miracles ensue.  It is the most rewarding aspect of my work and it is the magical ingredient that separates common performers from those who exceed their own, and others’ expectations.

In 2013, I plan to explore ways to generate hope – within yourself and your teams – in the various places I write.  I welcome you to share your thoughts on hope, too, and how we can each produce more hope – within our families, firms, communities and our nation.  We have some tough challenges to solve – but also some incredible possibilities to realize.  With hope, anything is possible.

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

 “My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.”

Abraham Lincoln

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”

Dale Carnegie

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