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Why If You Only Hope Your Future Will Actually Be Hurt

Imagine this!  You make a decision to set yourself on a specific course to improve your future.  It was a belated decision but at least you finally got around to making the decision!

So…you enthusiastically take all the steps necessary to launch yourself on this new course of action.  You are so excited!  You just know your future is going to be assured as a result of setting out on this course.

Then, reality slowly sucks the enthusiasm out of your soul.  Faith in your prior decision ebbs to hope you will be able to stay the course.

When you fail, not only are you psychologically depressed your supposed bright future is hurt badly.  You lose focus and you wander from day to day in a malaise of physical and mental misery hoping things will change.depression-72318_1280

Well—that is exactly where I was many years ago in my late teens and beginning my college studies.

I panicked when things got tough and lost faith in myself.

How about you?  Have you experienced a similar loss of faith in yourself?

Don’t panic!  You can do whatever it is you need to do to not hurt your future and, in fact, have the faith to get back on track.

I did.  It took some time and a huge amount of effort but I did ultimately graduate from college.  That achievement was the foundation to a future leading to substantial success in my career path and life in general.

I tell you that not to be boastful but to help you change your focus to FAITH in yourself.  If I can do it, you can too!

Ya’ see…in some ways hope connotes something positive.  As defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary the word means:  “to want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true.”

That definition gives the word a positive connotation, don’t you agree?

Here are a couple of issues I have with you only having hope as defined above.  First, in my opinion, the definition leaves things about your future too uncertain.

For example, consider the phrase, “it could happen.”

The phrase doesn’t reinforce for you what you desire in your future WILL happen.  It only suggests “it COULD happen.”

The potential in your future is seriously hurt, if you only think the things you want “could” happen!

Besides that the definition feels wishy-washy to me as to the degree you want something, if you are only filled with hope.

If you TRULY want something, you can’t just think it COULD happen!  Your gut feeling should be you MUST HAVE whatever it is you see your future to be.military-755414_1280

…So, consider the definition of the word, faith.  From the same source the word means:  “(1):  firm belief in something for which there is no proof (2):  complete trust.”

See the difference between hope and faith?  Faith makes things certain because you have complete trust even though, at the time, you have no proof your future will be what you want.

In those two definitions, lay the reason only having hope will hurt your future.

The question then becomes how do you develop faith in it rather than hurting your future because you have only hope for it?


Hope turns to faith when you know you know.

By that I mean you don’t spend your time wondering about your future.  You invest your time in learning all the knowledge it will take to actually achieve that future.

Hope turns to faith when you also know you know how.

All the knowledge in the world is useless if you don’t apply it appropriately and correctly.  For example, knowing the automobile can get you from point A to point B is interesting knowledge but of little value if you don’t know how to drive a car!

As it relates to creating a bright future, you must take what you know (your knowledge) to another level.  The only way to do that is to practice all the skills necessary for the successful application of your knowledge.

Skills are the “how” of what it takes to achieve anything!  Interestingly, I don’t think there is a skill required for anything that is not described and visually illustrated on YouTube.

YouTube helps you more closely adhere to the truism expressed by Benjamin Franklin:  “Tell me and I forget; teach me and I may remember; involve me and I learn.”

Finally, hope turns to faith when you don’t just know what and how but you put forth the necessary effort to use the knowledge and skills you have.

Take the automobile example from above.

Let’s say you know what a car is supposed to do for you.  Also, you have practiced (in a large parking lot) the skills necessary to drive a car.

But both of those tools for developing faith are of no value if you actually don’t leave the parking lot and use the car to get you from point A to point B.

My bet is you don’t want to hurt your future because you have only hope for it!garylogonewbrownsmall

What is the first step you will take to develop faith in your future?

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Crop of GNCC ShotMindstate mentor, author, trainer and speaker, Gary Greenfield (@LifeRider) provides self-employed people 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 self-employed people better profit through performance.

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