“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.”
~ Robert Fulghum
Are you ready to allow hope into your life? Say "Yes" to yourself. Say "Yes" to hope. Your life will explode with wonder and a wealth of possibility. The first step is to make the choice to believe. Choose to believe in hope. Say it out loud, "I choose to believe in hope." Say it again and again and again until it seeps into your soul. Check in to see how you feel. It may happen immediately or it may take a little time…the choice is yours.
There are steps you can take to help yourself feel more hopeful. The first step involves paying attention to your thoughts. Are you telling yourself negative things? Are you focusing on what's wrong? Are you criticizing and judging? Stop! Now that you're more aware of what your mind is chattering away about you can better control what you choose to think about.
The second step is practice, practice, practice. Any time we want to learn something new we need a lot of practice right? Well, it's the same with this. Practice paying attention to your thoughts. How do you react when something goes wrong? How do you feel when something goes wrong? How do you react when something goes right? How do you feel when something goes right?
Now that you've gotten good at paying attention to your thoughts let's add another step. Every time you catch yourself focusing on what's wrong, criticizing, judging and being negative, stop! Decide on a phrase or a word you can say each time you catch yourself being drawn down the negativity trail and say it to yourself. Maybe your word will be "Stop." I like to say, "That's enough." Pick a word or phrase that resonates with you.
The final step in this hope exercise is to change your thoughts after you've told yourself to stop or said whatever phrase you've chosen. This may be difficult at first. You may feel nervous or worried or even mad. Try and do it anyway. Like every other step, this step also takes a lot of practice. Be gentle, understanding and kind to yourself. This is a lifelong process and you'll find it will get easier and easier. You can do it!
Here's one of our favorite all time books to get you started on your way to believing in hope and believing in yourself...The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale .