By Bill Fix Th.D
Would you consider yourself an over-the-moon, bright-sided, tickled pink, hopeful, optimistic person most of the time? Your attitude and mindset about the future, other people, circumstances, etc., is part of your “Hope Factor.” Hope can awaken you mentally and physically and affect you relationally. Hope is a factor that can keep you up at night and get you out of bed in the morning. I think you will agree that the healthiest people tend to be hopeful people. Strengthening hope in your life will put a new stride in your step and a new lease on life.
Hope that continually ends in neglect, disappointment, and discomfort is unrealized hope. In the Book, 1. “The Dead-End Road Devotional,” the author refers to unrealized hope as being kicked in the hope. What can you do to minimize getting kicked in the hope? Below are six things you can do to keep and maintain a healthier hope factor.
Six Things you can do to help prevent being kicked in the hope:
- Have a hope-filled calendar. Planning events, appointments, reunions, picnics, special dates, trips, etc., and placing them on a calendar will keep hope alive. Hope can get you up in the morning and keep you up at night with anticipation.
- Think about and do more of the things you excel in. If you spend all of your time working on your weaknesses, you will become discouraged, and hope will evaporate. Do more things in the strengths God has given you.
- Practice being a generous, thoughtful, and thankful person. Count your blessings, love your family, and be friendly to everyone.
- Keep your thoughts positive and your outlook optimistic.
- Limit media time. The evil, fear-induced rhetoric on the news, talk shows, and comedy permeates the media with a glut of nonsensical trivial nonsense. Listen and watch this stuff with caution.
- Hang with positive, optimistic, encouraging people, and be one.
1”Hope Facto:r is found inThe Dead End Road Devotional by Bill Fix page 7: Available at Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, and Walmart.com