virgin islands scene

The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.
-- Nathaniel Branden


Saturday, August 13, 2022

The value of hope

Hope alone will not bring what you hope for. But that doesn’t mean it lacks value.

Hope focuses your attention on the positive possibilities. And where your attention is focused is where your energy is directed.

Hope infects your expectations, points them toward a positive outcome. Those expectations drive your perceptions, your behavior, and affect your results.

Hope for the best but don’t stop there. Hope for the best, then let hope push you into action and sustain that action for as long as necessary.

Have so much hope that you get up and do something useful and effective with it, again and again. Do the work that hope demands rather than expecting hope to do all the work.

Hope has great value, but it’s not an easy way out. At its best, hope points you in the most challenging and fulfilling way forward, and that’s a very good way to be headed.

— Ralph Marston

previousDo the little things well       Doubting yourselfnext

Copyright ©2022 Ralph S. Marston, Jr. All Rights Reserved. The Daily Motivator is provided for your personal, non-commercial use only. Other than personal sharing, please do not re-distribute without permission.