We need hope. Hope is not just a wishy-washy self-help concept without substance, but rather it is a powerful force for good.
Hope is more than just an optimistic view that everything will turn out for the best. It is a deeply held belief that you have the will, skills and tools with which to overcome any hurdles as you work towards your goals.
With hope, people become more resilient in the face of challenges, setbacks and temporary defeats. To a certain extent, it can also help people to combat anxiety and negative self-talk.
This is supported by modern research, which is increasingly finding that hope offers much more than just comfort during difficult times.
Hope means having a strong expectation that, in general, things will turn out right in life, despite setbacks and frustrations.
The power of hope is nothing new, and was first introduced in Ancient Greece , through the legend of Pandora’s box.
When Prometheus stole fire from the gods, Zeus took vengeance by presenting Pandora, along with a sealed box, to Prometheus’ brother Epimetheus for marriage. Despite being warned never to open it, Pandora opens the box which contained death and many other evils which were released into the world. She hastens to close the container, but the whole contents had escaped except for one thing that lay at the bottom. One thing which could remedy all of the ills which had been unleashed on the world – Elpi, or hope as we know it.
Hope has long been viewed as an antidote to the world’s ills, but I would like to leave you with one of the best definitions I have found which is also much more recent.
Albert Bandar, the eminent Stamford psychologist states that;
“People’s beliefs about their abilities have a profound effect on those abilities. Ability is not a fixed property, there is a huge variability in how you perform. People who have a sense of self-efficacy bounce back from failures. They approach things in terms of how to handle them rather than worrying about what can go wrong.