Hope: Former President Barack Obama based an entire campaign upon the concept, and it’s something that keeps us warm in even the darkest times. When you’re feeling down in the dumps, sometimes hope seems like the light at the end of a long tunnel; unreachable without taking a dark journey. How can you feel more hope in hopeless situations? Read on for my advice.
3 Ways to Have Hope
- Eliminate Self-Doubt
Self-doubt convinces you that you are a failure, you don’t have answers, and you need someone else to do the thinking and deciding for you. Self-doubt wants you to believe that you have never been a real success and that your future is doomed. Self-doubt is darkness, humorless and hopeless. You cannot afford to associate yourself with those who encourage and create self-doubt. To feel more hopeful, eliminate this harmful way of thinking from your life.
- Spend Time Outdoors
Nature has a wonderful way of releasing our stress and reducing the risk of depression. For a simple way to feel more hopeful, take a few moments outside each morning, stopping to smell the flowers. Plants provide extra oxygen, which can help you clear your mind and take stock of the wonderful blessings in your life.
- Prioritize Your Goals
Accomplishing achievements can make you feel more hopeful for the future; when you see your wins compounding upon each other, your life will feel more valuable. To feel more hope in hopeless times, set some goals with a SMART mindset; that is, your goals should be:
Then set some little goals, like meeting a friend for coffee once a week or keeping a daily gratitude journal. When you succeed at accomplishing your goals, the future should look much brighter.
For more advice on finding happiness, hope and gratitude, pick up a copy of my book, Exuberant Women Don’t Age – No Time To Waste. What things are you most hopeful about? Please share in the comments below.