We have probably all heard the words faith, hope and charity immortalised in the King James version of the bible but it was while participating in a 30-day Future Self Programme from Dr. Benjamin Hardy and listening to him speak that the relevance of these 3 words to our current lives became clearer.
Firstly, I cannot recommend this free programme enough – 30 daily videos and reflections to proactively change yourself, grow as a person and take more responsibility for your own future. You can find out more and register at benjaminhardy.com – his book Personality is Not Permanent is also a great read.
As Ben explains, hope is all about looking forward, actively seeking and creating positive change. If ever there was a time for that, it is now. As I write this article, we are still deep in COVID-19 territory and it is clearer than ever that life will not go back to the way it was any time soon. We need to envisage how we want it to be. This could be about personal aspects like fitness, weight, relationships but also our work lives, business relationships, product lines, income, customers etc. In my own charity, we’ve had to adapt our services and are now seeing good growth in new areas which for us means supporting more good causes to do the amazing things they do to help others.
Hope is about fixing on a positive, better future and reducing, or cutting out, the many negative streams of input out there, especially media news, that will deflect and distract us from seeing the paths to that hopeful future. For so many charities, we have lost essential income and that will mean significant changes to people and services so being positive can be a big challenge. But if you look for opportunity, you can find it in the most unusual places.
I had to back out of a business previously planned arrangement due to COVID-19 now making it impractical. We offered to turn this into a win-win by helping this company replace the projected lost income with another client rather than reducing the conversation to a frustrating commercial discussion. There’s always an opportunity if you look for one. I hope they’ll go for it and will report back.