Hope is the foundation of a happy and successful life no matter what your age. But, as we grow older and have endured our share of setbacks, hurtful disappointments and major loss, our ability to hope becomes even more critical to our wellbeing. Hope is the spark that keeps us going despite significant difficulties. It forms the foundation of how we look at life and how we present ourselves to others. In fact, our capacity for hope impacts the outcome of whatever we wish to achieve.
So take a look at the following list and see how you compare with people who share high levels of hope:
- People with high levels of hope turn to friends for advice on how to achieve their goals.
- They believe they can succeed at most anything they attempt.
- Even in a tight spot, hopeful people tell themselves things will get better with time.
- They are flexible enough to find different ways to achieve their goals.
- If hope for one goal fades, they aim for another. People with low hope, on the other hand, tend to become fixated on one goal and persist even when they find themselves frustrated and blocked.
- People with high hope show an ability to break a formidable task into specific, achievable chunks. People low in hope see only the large goal and not the small steps to it along the way.
- People high in hope have had as many hard times as those with low hope but have learned to see setbacks as challenges and not as failures.
- People with high hope live lives of anticipation, enthusiasm, and joy. Their energy attracts other people and they make connections easily.
If your levels need a boost, now is the time to give yourself a hope makeover. Having high levels of hope as you grow older builds your feisty factor—and that’s a pretty great way thrive at any age!