Way back in the day, we talked about Rick Snyder’s wisdom on The Science of Hope.
As you may recall, he tells us that Hope consists of, essentially, three parts:
1. A Goal that inspires us (and makes us believe the future will be better than our current reality—which, btw, is the essence of hope; not believing our futures will be better is the essence of hopelessness which is associated with all the things we don’t want…).
2. A sense of Agency that we can actually make that better future a reality.
3. And, a willingness to explore multiple Pathways to get there—pivoting and going over, under, and around the inevitable (!) obstacles we face.
Professor Snyder captures those three facets in three words: Goals + Willpower + Waypower.
Before we proceed…
How about a quick check in on how we’re doing hope-wise…
How’re you doing with each of those three elements of Optimizing your Hope?!
Got a goal that’s inspiring you? Believe you can achieve it? Willing to explore multiple pathways? (Fantastic.)
I think we can consider adding a third “power” to our Willpower + Waypower.
Let’s call it “Wantpower.”
You’ve gotta really want it.
That’s Today’s +1.
Wantpower + Willpower + Waypower.
Let’s Optimize our 3 WPs.
+1WP. +1WP. +1WP.