Helen Keller said nothing can be done without hope and confidence. She was one person who could’ve wallowed in self-pity, but she chose to be optimistic. In the first part of this series, we talked about why people lose hope.
Now let’s see what we can do to get it back. If you need alcohol rehab or drug treatment in Wilmington NC call Legacy Freedom. We can help!
How to Get Your Hope Back
We all have periods of time when life gets us down and no matter what we try to do we feel like we can’t get ahead. This is when hope is essential. It gives us the positive outlook we need to keep moving forward, even if we really just want to give up.
Having hope can be a driving force behind reaching your goals. But once you’ve gotten into the mindset of thinking negatively, it can be hard to see things in a new light. Here are a few techniques that may help you get your mind on the right track and back to more hopeful thinking.
First, when thinking of the situation that is causing you grief, see if you can look at it from another perspective. Ask yourself a few questions:
- What exactly do I want/need?
- Am I doing all I can to get to that goal?
- Is there another approach I can take?
Next, if you have several things going on at once and none seem to be panning out, you need to prioritize. This will allow you to decide what’s most important, and then focus most of your energy on it. If you’re able to achieve that goal, you can mark it off the list. This can help build your confidence and probably make you more hopeful about other things.
Look back at things you’ve accomplished in the past that you are proud of so you can give your self-esteem a little boost. You can also access them to see how you achieved the goal to see if you can use the same techniques or ideas in your current situation.
Another good tip is to put yourself in situations where you'll be around positivity. Whether that’s positive people or enjoyable events or even reading uplifting passages from a self-help book, it can help drive up your own optimism and allow you to surround yourself with it. Don’t let yourself get caught in a spiral of negativity from other people or from the things you consume.
Don’t give up. Changing the way you think and view things is an ongoing process. It can be easy to go back to old habits that may be making you feel unmotivated and hopeless, but you have to avoid falling back into those old patterns.
We all have times when we feel hopeless, but it doesn’t have to last. Hope fluctuates the same as any other emotion. It’s part of life. But it doesn’t have to mean that you’re going to always feel that way. It can actually be a sign that you need to make a change.
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