Whether you’re a mother who wants the best for her children, a hard worker waiting for your promotion, or someone dealing with a personal tragedy such as a job loss, divorce or losing a loved one, we all need hope while we go through these tests of faith.
But hope can only be accessed once we get out of our heads and quit over-rationalizing. We need to be truly convinced that better things are in store for us. Even if things may not seem to be going right in our present, we need to believe that there’s a bigger plan that we cannot yet see.
These 10 steps will inspire you and give you the boost of hope that you need to keep going when you’re feeling hopeless about the future.
1. Take a Step Back to Regroup and Honor Your Feelings
If you’re overwhelmed by your emotions, and if the feelings of insecurity are plaguing your mind, it’s a sign that you need to step back and engage in some serious self-care.
Go for a walk, speak with a friend, take a mini-vacation, listen to music, meditate, or journal. Anything that helps you returns to center and balance.
Acknowledge and reward yourself for each milestone you reach, no matter how small. Every step you take matters and bring you closer to your dreams.
Focus on the now by taking conscious, deep breaths and appreciating all that’s in your present moment.
2. Revisit Your Vision and Goals
If you’ve hit a wall, it would be beneficial to revisit your goals and vision. Take note of the exact goals that you had laid out and remind yourself of what inspired you to create them in the first place.
For example, if you want to lose 10 pounds, was it because your doctor recommended it or because you want to get healthier?
The key is to set goals that you’re fired up about and that you’re willing to commit to. Your goals need to be connected to an overarching vision that will galvanize you to overcome any obstacle.
Create a vision board, or write a descriptive and vivid account of what you would like to achieve.
3. Manage Your Expectations
Another possible reason that you’re losing motivation is that your expectations are too high. Often our biggest disappointments occur from having unrealistic expectations. ‘Unrealistic’ doesn’t always mean that you can’t achieve your goals, but that you may need more time or resources to actualize it.