You can blame this piece on the irritation that I get whenever I hear or see some words become overly used either on social media or in day to day interactions. These words often become a be all, without people taking the time out to analyze these words or to ask themselves if the word is really appropriate to what they want to convey. One of these words is motivation. And the second is hope. Motivation , on its own isn’t a bad word or a bad concept, it is actually a great word when used in the right context. It is a word that means to give one the push to move forward or press on but when it becomes over used, it becomes commonplace. It becomes an irritant. The second word on my irritation list is the word – hope.
Now, the word hope is often used in a religious context which some compare to faith or /and belief. Hope is a feeling of expectation, a desire for certain things to happen. Faith is a complete trust in something or someone. Belief is the mental act, condition of having confidence in another or something. (webster dictionary) Obviously, these are all positive words but they are quite passive. You can’t use passivity as a strategy, if you want to do something, be someone , go somewhere or achieve a particular thing. You have to be active. You have to make a move. You have to actively seek opportunities that will get you where you need to be. All these words (h,f, b)speak to a mental condition but we live in a physical world.
My question often is as you hope, believe and have faith – what are you doing physically, you know in the real world? Are you changing your circumstances, are you challenging yourself, are you coming to a place of peace about certain things by actively analyzing your situation?
It is wonderful to have faith, hope and belief because they buoy your self confidence but it is better to have all these and some action (s). For example, you want to learn a particular skill or change careers. You don’t sit down at church and keep on praying that an avenue will open and fall straight into your laps. Rather you might need to analyze your skill sets to see if you have the transferable skills which might make you an asset to that organization or that career. But, those organizations and people need to know that you are available.
These are the actions that you might need to take and they are the following a) read up on the career b) critically analyze your resume to see what skills are transferable c) talk to people d) apply for positions while highlighting certain skills (soft and hard skills). e) go for some training or retraining f) Intern or extern or volunteer in that position.These are all actions and they are not passive.
Another example , is a sick person who believes that she can get healed and God has that power to heal her. This person can sit at home, pray for healing and that healing might occur but what of if the disease returns? That’s the reason that those who often have life time healing (physical and spiritual) often have an extra ingredient called action. This action is often a lifestyle change or taking themselves out of particular situation or noticing stressors and learning how to deal with those stressors etc. Of course, this example is for those who aren’t into medicating everything. There is a time for medication and there are times for other changes.
As I mentioned on my face book page last night: hope isn’t a strategy and neither is belief or faith. The strategy really is the plan and the movements you make to achieve your goals. Of course, with prayers and in my case having faith in God , you will still keep on going despite challenges because you know where you are trying to get to.
This is a very randomly written in no particular sequence article, so enjoy the randomness while getting my point and let me know what you think? Do you believe that hope is a strategy? Let me know!
On the natural hair tip: I love head scarves and I am loving them more with the rain and the cold winds but I am slowly learning that some styles on head scarves might be slightly inappropriate and risque for some conservative settings which you thought were casual *tongue in cheek *
Till next time!
Last Updated ( Friday, 14 February 2014 09:08 )