You’ve heard it before, “Don’t give up hope.” Hope may make the difference between dreamers and achievers.
One thing about hope is that it leaves room for disappointment.
I’ll win the lottery.
It will be perfect weather.
My flowers will bloom.
There is always some room for things to come up short. The anticipation feels empty after coming up short on expectations.
Some people give up too soon, too easily, and set their expectations too low.
Not because it is impossible, but because they make it impossible. If you don’t think that you can, you probably won’t.
When you insist that there will be limits, there will be. If you see the opportunity as too risky, it will be.
When you arrive at your job and believe it will be a painful experience, you’ll find evidence to support it.
Disappointment is part of life. So is your commitment for choosing how you’ll play it.
Without a little risk, without the extra effort, without a commitment to endure, what have you accomplished? What was the journey?
Hope should be realistic. Hoping that your horse becomes a unicorn seems silly and ridiculous.
Being committed to finding more energy in a time of need may start with hope. It may be similar for the outlook of health or happiness. In some cases, it may even change your situation for wealth.
Giving up hope is the first step to finding the limit. When you don’t risk disappointment there is little enthusiasm for the journey.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.