My son and his high school tennis team recently made it to the semi-states in the state tennis tournament. This was a big deal. For a school with a high school enrollment around 350, to have made it to the top 4 teams in Indiana where enrollment is between 2,500 and 5,000, this was a big deal.
You know what got them there?
Hard Work. Dedication. Doing it.
Not hoping it or wishing it.
But doing it.
Seems like these high school boys know more than most adults.
“I hope I will…”
“I hope I can…”
“I hope I find…”
Hope is a problem.
Yup, I said it. Hope is a problem.
It sounds good. It’s positive.
But check in with yourself.
Is Hope serving you?
How do you feel when you are Hopeful?
What action does Hope inspire?
Hope does not inspire action.
Hope is passive.
Hope crosses its fingers.
Hope tells you to not think about now, but think about some future moment that will be better.
Hope tells you to not take action now, but to wait and want for later.
Hope comes from waiting to see what will happen. Waiting for the future.
Instead of creating your future, on purpose.
You believe the future will come, but Hope lets you not believe that you will:
Make more money
Find a better job
Make a decision
Hope lets you not have to commit to believing anything.
Hope leaves you waiting and wanting without responsibility.
It’s a lot different from “I am committed to making this work out.”
Designing a great future is not uncomfortable.
But if Hope is in the equation, it will lead you to quit.
You grow and evolve to create a fuller human experience, a better life.
But, you can use Hope as a way of not asking much of yourself along the way.
When you Hope for peace and clarity, you prevent yourself from feeling peace and finding clarity right now.
Why are you Hoping for peace and clarity, if you can already be peaceful and clear?
When you are a peaceful person with clarity, you bring peace and clarity to others.
You don’t need to wait for it.
Giving up Hope as a feeling is the ultimate in taking responsibility.
Instead of Hoping life hands you what you want, you go and get it.
I don’t want anything you Hope for to come true.
If you go get it, then you build up your capability.
You build up your capacity.
You build up your confidence.
Then you can go get it again, and again and again.
Is it time you gave up Hope?