What Difference Does Hope Make?

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Your Amazing Life
Your Amazing Life
What Difference Does Hope Make?

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Hope can carry us through the tough times when we have them. –Stephen King, Rita Hayworth in Shawshank Redemption said it this way. “Remember that hope is a good thing, Red, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” There was a study done with rats in the 1950’s by Curt Richter, a professor at John Hopkins. The first group of rats were put in glass bowls of water. They swam for a few mins then gave up and drowned. The second group just before they would have given up and drowned were taken out of the water, held for a little while, let them recover and then put back in the water even though they only got picked up once, it made a big difference in their life expectancy. When he put them back in the water instead of minutes they swam for hours and hours. 

What is the take away? Here is what I want to talk about. When you feel supported by others, when you feel like you have been rescued from time to time when you needed it, or if you believe the future will be a better place. These things will help you through difficult situations.  They will provide hope. 

So, there is this thing called “Vroom’s Expectancy Theory of Motivation.” You might be asking if I can give you the lay version. What this says is that people are motivated by 3 types of situations.

  1. We are motivated when we value the reward associated with the action.
    1. If you are trying to get your kid to mow the lawn and the reward is $5.00. They may or may not value the reward enough to do the task.
  2. They trust that they will receive the reward if they do a good job.
    1. If they have done the job for you in the past and you forgot to give them the $5. Then this might be why they are unwilling to complete the job.
  3. They believe that they have the ability to achieve their objectives by working hard.
    1. If you ask this of a kid who weighs less than the lawn mower, then their belief might be the issue.

Being able to motivate people into completing a task is a skill that is highly sought after and paid big bucks for. Yet it all hinges around these three things. Is the reward something the person wants enough to actually pay the price for? For this you need to know the person. Been able to have them communicate what they value as a reward. Many people try to reward others with things that they, the person offering the reward values. This is a hit a miss way to motivate others. If the person you are trying to motivate does value that thing, then the motivation works. If not, you are probably standing around scratching your head and wondering, why won’t they do it.    

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Today we have been discussing what a difference hope makes. I told you about a study done in the 1950’s with rats. Where they put some in a glass jar of water, they swam for less than 2 mins before giving up and drowning. The second group of rats when they were about to give up and die, they were taken out of the water and held, they were allowed to recover and then put back in the water. These rats then swam for many hours. We then talked about hope that comes from being supported or rescued and that it can help you to have a belief in the future. We also talked about motivation and how to motivate by providing a reward the person getting the reward wants.

Let’s go over the other two in more detail. The first one is that they trust that they will be rewarded if they do a good job. This is why your word is so important. You must be trustworthy to be able to motivate people to do what you want. Then number three is for them to believe that they can accomplish the work assigned to achieve their objective. These are ways that you can inspire or motivate others towards hope.

Hope is alive. It resides in the place where sadness, anguish and devastation bring the sentence of death. Hope looks forward. The future is what brings hope, for what is possible; the past is where we see the negative things that have happened to us. Hope builds and encourages. 

This world needs hope! There is a bigger shortage of hope and love than of water or anything else that we need on this earth. According to the United Nations we are in the middle of a human crisis. We have many things happening that are “firsts” in the history of the world. We are so connected and the earth is so small now that we can get info around the world simultaneously. There are things like the global health crisis which have never before been seen at this scale. A global recession of record dimensions. This is stressing out the human family and the social fabric is being stretched so thin it is tearing. We need a new set of tools to overcome situations that have never before been seen. We need love and hope. We need to work together in solidarity to overcome this crisis. We need to see each other with love no matter the different backgrounds or beliefs that we have. We need to find hope in each other and in the future for us to overcome this crisis. We need each other. It is so very important that we find ways to connect with love and create hope. 

Each of us needs to take part in this. We each need to share love and hope with all that we can contact. This is on such a global scale that it cannot be done without all of you! I hope you will take the opportunity to spread love and hope. 

Here are some ways you can spread love and hope:

  1. Be grateful and thank anyone who does something for you
  2. Spend time with people
  3. Smile at everyone that you see
  4. Pass on your knowledge and skills
  5. Love each other as you love yourself
  6. Give of yourself to help others
  7. Listen to others to find out what they think and believe
  8. Forgive those that wrong you
  9. Do an act of kindness
  10. Serve others
  11. Donate to a great cause
  12. Tell others how much they mean to you
  13. Make someone smile and/or laugh
  14. Give a hug
  15. Give out sincere compliments

If you are tired of suffering, beating up on yourself, overreacting, using avoidance tactics, breaking your word, and doing it over and over again; If you want to struggle less and enjoy more. If you want a truly amazing life that is connected and complete, you need the “you have value program” If you are willing to make some changes, be kind to yourself, fail forward and continue to try, or stop chasing comfort. I would love to help you to create who you are actually capable of becoming.  Contact me, 801-449-0750.

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