Hope That Works
Hope. What do you think of? Generally, we think of it as fulfilling a desire of some kind. For instance, I hope you had a great holiday season, that you made the amount of money you projected, that you enjoyed the season and that you remained sane. I hope you didn’t gain weight.
I was reminded, however, of a more archaic definition: trust and confidence. I find that I like that definition even better. We have a trust and confidence in something coming to pass, whether it be in our businesses, our relationships, our bodies, spirituality or any number of facets of our lives. Rather than a pleasant, but ineffective kind of “best wishes” hope, we have trust in the future. I call it, “hope that works.”
I then ponder what it takes to produce confidence in the future. Is it merely an idea of what we’d like see come to pass? “I’d like to sell more product in 2014.” How far will that get us? Like most of our New Year’s Resolutions, they’re nice ideas, but not enough to move us, especially not for the long haul that 2014 will prove to be.
Therefore, rather than uttering general hopes, let us make them concrete and attainable. Instead of, “I’d like to sell more product in 2014,” set a goal and a plan for getting there. How much soap would you like to sell? How will you accomplish it? What do you need to do to get ready? Don’t forget to set realistic dates for each activity to keep yourself moving!
It’s more work than a wish, but it’s hope that works.
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Until next time, may your days be filled with bubbles and wax.