How Can I Increase My Feeling of Hope?
How would your life change if you experienced improved self-esteem and felt more hopeful, optimistic, and encouraged to believe in yourself? How can we increase our feeling of hope?

Have you ever had a dream? Something you really wanted to do but didn't think was possible?

Dreams Can Turn to Reality

Some years back, while reading about 12 different areas of a person's life, I decided to write out my dreams for each of the 12 areas or subjects. The things I wrote on those 12 short lists were my desires, but in my mind many of them weren't even possible. I wrote them anyway. Some time later, while preparing for my workshop on goals, I found that old list. Do you know what I discovered? Most of the items on my list of dreams and desires were now accomplished! How did that happen?

What Prompts Your Changes and Goals?

"Don't be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams."—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Change is inevitable—that's a universal truth.

Are the changes we experience the result of being pushed by our problems so that we have no choice? Or is our change led or pulled by our dreams because we choose it to be?

To me, that's the difference between negative change and positive change. Changes in which we are left with no choice and are forced to make a decision often do not have the best outcome.

On the other hand, if we have dreams of things we wish to do and allow ourselves to be pulled in the direction of those dreams, it's a positive force. We can shape and navigate being pulled in the direction of our dreams. There's a bigger picture and purpose, a greater good.

What happens when we dream? What happens when we take positive steps, even little ones, in the direction of that dream? What happens when we stretch into the edges of our comfort zone and expand? Things start to open up, the way ahead becomes clear, and things begin to fall into place. Have you experienced this in your life?

I've experienced it both ways—being pushed by my problems and sometimes being pulled by my dreams. In my experience, it's been a much better journey with more profound joy and fulfillment to take positive steps to work towards a dream, especially as that dream takes shape into reality.

Goals Ignite Hope and Optimism

If we set small goals and reach them, we experience renewed hope and a more optimistic outlook. We begin to see possibilities and opportunities for things to improve our life. We start to feel more content. Hope is powerful. Set tiny goals and meet them to experience forward movement towards hope.

Writing out your dreams and creating one tiny stepping-stone in that direction can begin the forward momentum toward fulfilling your dreams. You will experience improved self-esteem and be more hopeful, optimistic, and encouraged to believe in yourself. What goals and dreams do you have? 

January Workshop on Goals!

January 2023 is our Create Goals that Stick workshop - whoever has taken this workshop and implemented the tools and techniques I share has experienced a massive shift toward reaching goals they never believed they could! 

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  1. Love this post. I completely agree with writing your goals. I have a experience from a long time ago where I had done just that. Wrote out some goals/hopes. And sometime later came across them, most had been achieved! So small or big I work at writing out goals . Hopes and dreams, one day they could be accomplished 😊
    Dee Castelli AUTHOR  12/29/2022 11:11 AM Central
    Oh wow thanks for sharing your experience! I’m glad to hear and it reinforces the value and reality of it. We are wonderfully made. Our brain automatically attempts to work it out on the back burner and it just comes together. Keep writing down those dreams!
    Dee Castelli AUTHOR  01/21/2022 02:57 PM Central
    So glad to have you on the level up journey!!

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