I love fresh starts and I use every opportunity to mark one. Every day, every hour and each moment is, in reality, an opportunity for a fresh start. This first week of work after Easter break during the Corona pandemic, is an opportunity for a fresh start, a clean slate. We’re on new grounds, an opportunity for all to blaze new trails with gusto.
Where the mind goes, the man follows.
This week is an opportunity for all to start reclaiming the confidence, the guts, and the vision. We need that to push through these unpredictable times. What we’re working for is on the other side of hopelessness, discouragement, and fear. We need to be deliberate with our thinking, our focus and the management of our feelings.
Elevating above the murmuring crowd will not only let us hear the optimistic sound of birds singing again, but it also provides an overview.
It allows us to focus on direction and how to get past the obstacles instead of staring straight into them. Instead of walls, obstacles become stepping stones that provide altitude, speed and new ways to reach our goals.
Stop wishing and start hoping to rise above the crowd
Yes, that’s right. Start hoping. The quickest way up from hopelessness, discouragement, and fear is by rising with hope. Hope has gotten a bad rep for being weak and passive when it’s actually the strongest most deliberate force of power available to us.
Hope is an optimistic state of mind based on an expectation of positive outcomes about events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large. As a verb, its definitions include: «expect with confidence» and «to cherish a desire with anticipation.Wikipedia
Keep your hopes high
So hope is not sitting back, waiting for something to happen and leaving the outcome up to chance.
Hope is expecting positive outcomes with desire and confidence. And desire and confidence is the fuel that propels us into action.
Hope has the power to get us the results we want when we apply it with focus, direction and action. It’s available to anyone, anywhere and it’s free. Here’s a way to start hoping again.
7 steps to raising hope
1. Get out a piece of paper and a pen
2. Think of a previous situation or project that at one time seemed hopeless.
You thought there was no way it could end well, but with some effort and creativity, it did. The end result might have been different than you planned for, but you still view it as a success.
3. Write it down using the ACER DIXON HOPE-method;
History + Obstacle + Pivot = End result
Team story example
The team was working on getting 10 new clients (H) when the Oil crisis set in (O). We got together for a few creative sessions and found a new use for our Oil & Gas product within the Health industry (P). We ended up getting 20 new clients and gained market shares within a new industry (E).
Personal story example
I got a new job in a small company operating within my field of interest (H). Unfortunately, I didn’t have anything in common with my colleagues and we didn’t get along very well (O). I decided to give it some time and directed my focus to the task while being polite to my colleagues. Mastering my tasks provided me with both internal pleasure and outward recognition (P). As I became skilled and confident in my work, my relationship with my colleagues changed. We saw each other as peers and discovered common ground. (E)
4. Repeat step 2-3 until you don’t have any more stories
5. Call your partner, colleague or anyone who knows or shares your stories
Have them help you recover the stories you’ve forgotten.
6. Go back to step 3
7. Read the stories out loud in team meetings and to yourself until hope rises.
When the urge to do something kicks in, don’t wait;
STEP UP & RUN WITH IT!