In short, we can’t be hopeful without goals. We’ve gotta see a better future and take the time to aim our attention arrows by setting some clear, challenging, and doable goals.
Of course, Rick Snyder isn’t the only psychologist who says this.
Then we have Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi who tells us that goals are essential to get into Flow: “The optimal state of inner experience is one in which there is order in consciousness. This happens when psychic energy—or attention—is invested in realistic goals, and when skills match the opportunities for action. The pursuit of a goal brings order in awareness because a person must concentrate attention on the task at hand and momentarily forget everything else. These periods of struggling to overcome challenges are what people find to be the most enjoyable of their lives. A person who has achieved control over psychic energy and has invested it in consciously chosen goals cannot help but grow into a more complex being. By stretching skills, by reaching toward higher challenges, such a person becomes an increasingly extraordinary individual.”
And… Of course, ancient philosophers agree. The Greeks told us we are “teleological.” Telos = “ends” or “targets” or “GOALS!” We need to be aiming at something!
So, goals are important for hope. Got it.
Today’s +1 is super simple.
Here’s a a quick way to boost your hope.
Rick Snyder tells us: “… by thinking of some recent event in your life where you succeeded in pursuit of a goal, your state hope should increase.”
Well, that’s kinda simple. (Hah.)
A quick way to boost my hope is to think of a recent event in which I succeeded… OK. Got it!
How have YOU rocked it lately?
Here’s to doing the little things (like this exercise!) to keep our hope-fires blazing as we go out and give the world all we’ve got Today!
P.S. Rick ALSO says: “Even though high-hope people are goal directed, they enjoy the process of getting there as much as the actual arrival. This is one of the seeming paradoxes I initially had difficulty disentangling when talking with high-hope people. Goals certainly capture the attention of high-hope people, but this largely seems to be true because such goals offer a marker for progress or mastery occurring along the way.”