Welcome to this mindmap on hope. We’re gonna look at some of the different areas on hope.
The definition, the dimensions, actions, some questions you can ask yourself in order to inject more hope into your life. Some interventions, the golden mean and correlations.
Starting off, we’ll look at the definition.
It’s about expecting and working towards achieving it and believing in hope.
The essence is having positive expectations.
The dimensions are optimism, future-mindedness and future-orientation.
Some questions you can ask yourself. For example; How can you balance it? How does hope help you in challenging times.
The balance is about being realistic. Sometimes we can be unrealistic, it’s always trying to keep hope in a realistic manner.
What leads you to sustain levels of hope?
Interventions; it’s about setting a goal to boost your hopeful thinking.
Writing many reasons and many pathways to reach the goal you’re trying to attain. You can visualise, again, by writing what you think your best possible self will be in the future, in three different areas. The personal, the professional, and the relational.
You could journal about events. Think about good and bad events. For good events; why
might they last or why might they pass? If you’re thinking about why might they last; what actions could you take to ensure that they do last? And on the bad events; again, why might they last and why might they pass?
What actions could you take to help the bad events to pass?
The Golden Mean: Hope is in the middle right between pollyannaism, which is being way too hopeful and completely unrealistic, and the other extreme is about being very negative, and we all know people like that.
It correlates and you need a certain degree of love, perseverance, perspective, gratitude and zest are all very helpful in being hopeful.
Some actions you can take. For example, you can recall a situation where you or someone overcame a difficult obstacle and succeeded, and remember this as a precedent for similar situations.
Can you visualise where and what you want to be after 1 year, 5 years, in 10 years? And sketch a pathway to get there and include manageable steps.
Recall bad decisions you’ve made in the past and forgive yourself. What did you learn from those? How could they be used in the future?
When you’re facing adversity, focus on how you have overcome similar situations in the past and again let successes set the precedent for future endeavours.
Hope theory; is A leads to B. All 3 elements are very necessary. So in this case, person A is taking the pathway and perceives themselves as capable of taking that route, taking that pathway, in order to get to the desired goal,
which is B. All 3 elements are necessary to maintain a hopeful position. To have hope, we need to have a goal. We need to believe we can attain the goal, and we need to see a way; a pathway, to attain it.
It’s hard to imagine anyone being truly happy without also being hopeful, and it’s hard to imagine anyone being truly hopeful without also being happy. They’re inseparably connected.
That was today’s personal development blog on hope. Next week I’ll be doing another one on the character strengths, but tomorrows blog is a Monday which is all about movement.
Hope you have a great week.
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