The Power of Hope

Have you ever heard the phrase:

“We have lost all hope?”

“He/ She is beyond hope?”

Well, in this day and age, having hope can be seen as naïve and almost impossible because of how difficult our surroundings are. Many people think that there is no point in being hopeful, but I am here to tell you that hope is exactly what you need. If you have hope, keep it, because it is something worth holding onto with the same strength and resolution that you would hold onto someone who is about to fall. Hope can drive you, ground you and sanctify you.

We so often look outside ourselves, especially in a crisis or stressful situation. We look for signs of a miracle, affirmation and peace from every corner. What many of us don’t do, is look within ourselves for hope and faith that things will get better. Remember, finding hope is an inside job, so when you start feeling lost and hopeless, instead of focusing on the outside crisis—zoom in.

Transform the moment by zooming off of the current crisis. Step away from the stress, anxiety and panic. Instead, take a step back and really focus on what drives the hope within you. And that can be found in who, and what, you love and cherish deeply. By focusing on ourselves and our own strength, we will have the power to refocus and fuel your dream, and to motivate you to continue on in this beautiful journey we call life.

When we encounter hopelessness, there is a way around it. In fact, there is a special formula to help us navigate helplessness and isolation. The equation for conquering hopelessness is:

Hope = Making an ACTIVE decision

To the hopeless:
You are not alone. Zoom in. Toughen up. Make the bold, brave decision to dig in and believe in your destiny. Believe in yourself because you have faced tough and insurmountable obstacles before. You can do it again, and not only will you do it again, you will thrive and you will rise.

How does one muster strength to know that you will not just get through—that you will triumph?

The answer resides within you, derived from everything you hold dear. It defines you. Hope is your choice over fear. It’s a battle for the possible, a noble duel of the spirit to slay the dragons of despair that confront you. Take a warrior’s stand. Make a choice to build your life on a grand and royal foundation. A foundation of hope, and the belief that you will fulfill your destiny—all you are born to be. The moment you choose to empower that belief with every decision, every second of every day. Take a moment to believe in yourself and know you are powerful, strong and valuable.

Like hope, joy is also a decision. A decision to live out loud and be who we are in all our unique expression.

Who we really are is based on values we choose to live by, such as believing in the possible, believing in the goodness of others, and believing in the power of love.

When we make the decision to passionately pursue our greatest purpose, we become the hope in our lives and manifest her greatest dreams, because we refuse to consider any other possibility.

As Henry James put it,

“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.”

Olivia Guerini (BPsych)

Olivia Guerini (BPsych)

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