The Will and Ways of Hope

Talent, skill, ability- whatever you want to call it- will not get you there. Sure, it helps. But a wealth of psychological research over the decades shows loud and clear that it’s the psychological vehicles that get you there. You can have the best engine in the world, but if you can’t be bothered to drive it, you won’t get anywhere.

Conscientiousness, self-efficacy, optimism, passion., inspiration, etc. They are all important. One is particularly undervalued and underappreciated. Thats hope.

Hope often gets a bad rap. For some, it brings up images of a naive man pushing up against a wall with a big smile on his face.

Hope is not a brand new concept. Hope consists of agency and pathways. A person who has hope has the will and determination that goals will be achieved, and a set of different strategies at their disposal to reach their goals. Put simply: hope involves the will to get there, and different ways to get there.

Why is hope important? Life is difficult. There are many obstacles. Have goals is not enough. You have to keep getting closer to those goals, among all tbs inevitable twists and turns of life. Hope allows people to approach problems with a mindset and strategy-set suitable for success, thereby increasing the chances they will actually accomplish their goals.

Hope is not a feel-good emotion, but a dynamic cognitive motivational system. Under the concept of hope, emotions follow conditions, not the other way around. Hope related conditions are important. Hope leads to learning goals, which are conducive to growth and improvement. People with learning goals, which are actively engaged in their learning, constantly planning strategies to meet their goals and positively related to success across a wide swatch of human life from academic achievement to sports to arts and science to business.

Those lacking hope, on the other hand, tend to adopt mastery goals. People with mastery goals choose easy tasks that don’t offer a challenge or opportunity for growth. When they fail, they quit. People with mastery goals act helpless and feel a lack of control over their environment. They don’t believe in their capacity to obtain the kind of future they want. They have no hope.

Whether measured as a trait or a sate, hope is related to positive outcomes. There was a study done on the impact of hope on a college student. With hope related to a higher GPA. High hope students, we’re relatively compared to low hope students we’re also more likely to have Brady and we’re less likely to be dismissed from school due to bad grades.

The link between hope and divergent thinking makes sense, considering divergent thinkers are good at coming up with lots of different ideas and hope involves coming up with a number of different strategies for obtaining a goal.

And your life will be brighter than the noonday; its darkness will be like the morning. And you will feel secure, because there is hope; you will look around and take your rest in security.

Job 11; 17-19

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