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When Faith Turns to Hope You Should Start to Worry

Have you ever really thought about the difference between the concept behind the words faith and hope?  Why should you? —might be your next question.  My answer?

The difference can make a big difference in the outcomes you experience in your life.  So…what is the difference?

One dictionary definition of faith is:

“complete trust or confidence in someone or something.”

In contrast, the same dictionary defines hope as:

“a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.”

You have far less worry when you have “complete trust or confidence in” the direction your life is taking.

Would you really prefer the angst associated with only having “a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen” regarding the direction of your life?

Answering four critical questions will help you develop faith in the direction of your life.

  • Where are you in your trek through life?
  • Are you where you want to be?
  • If you’re not where you want to be, what will it take to get there?
  • When will you start doing what it will take?

If you’ve invested the time to answer these four questions for yourself, you’re on solid footing for a very rewarding future. If you haven’t taken that time, then there’s little hope you will get where you want to go by the time you want to get there.

But, again, this post isn’t about hope! It’s about faith.

More specifically, it is about the depth of faith in yourself you need to achieve anything you want.

Anything you want? Hmmm. That’s sounds unrealistic, right?

Wrong! With a deep, abiding faith in yourself, anything is literally possible. It’s just a matter of time and effort.

You might be asking, why is that true? Tell me more.

Let’s put it in the context that Voltaire once did. For those of you who don’t know, Voltaire was one of France’s greatest writers and philosophers.

On the subject of faith, he said:

“Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe. It is not enough that a thing be possible for it to be believed.”

Thus, it is not enough for you to just believe it is possible that something you want can be achieved. If you truly want it, you must have the faith you will get it even if it seems to be impossibly out of reach.

Your greatest limitation is your capacity to have faith the impossible can be made possible.

Keep the faith and all things are truly possible!

What are your answers to the four questions outlined in this post?

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Mindstate mentor, author, trainer and speaker, Gary Greenfield (@LifeRider) helps organizations with inspirational insight and concise business ideas to help improve mindstate and minimize stress. He believes a mindstate that is positive and stress that is minimized helps people better profit through performance.

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