The word hope has come up several times this week. I have learned that if a concept keeps showing itself in different venues then I need to pay attention.
Yesterday was my last session with Jim Knight for instructional coaching training and the topic was being a Better Leader. One of the main concepts was …you guessed it…HOPE.
Shane J. Lopez is a psychologist who has written about hope extensively. His definition is “the belief that the future will be better than the present, along with the belief that you have the power to make it so.”
Part of Knight’s training session yesterday was asking the question: How are you living your life? Are you spending time on the things you are passionate about? This idea is how we keep hope alive and partly how we teach ourselves to be hopeful.
At this time of the school year it is easy to dip into the valley of despair and lose hope. I have to keep reminding myself I do the work I do to provide an environment of inspiration and learning for what is best for kids. When you are worried about schedules, state testing, and getting through the day sometimes you forget.
Part of this process is to do the next right thing. If you know where you are going, this isn’t as hard as it seems. Action is what needs to happen.
Knight asked us to think of someone who we thought of as a hope mentor. A person that emanates hope who we can learn from. Having a hope mentor is partly how we can teach ourselves to be hopeful. My person is Maya Angelou. She was open, intelligent, overcame obstacles, and can command a room. She was an amazing woman and I am thankful I was able to hear her speak before she passed away.
What are you most excited about?
Hope is doing more of what makes you happy.
Hope is allowing other people to teach you being hopeful.
Hope is having a hope mentor.
Three Things about Hope
Having hope means you have a preferred future vision. You can visualize it. You have goals.
Having hope means you have the belief you can get here. There is magic here.
Having hope means you have multiple pathways to get to that preferred future.
Some questions to consider and reflect on today:
What gives you energy and therefore hope?
What is your purpose? How do you make a difference?
Am I doing what I really want to do with my time?
What is working and what do I need to modify?
What is your next right thing?
This past week was busy for me. My sleep suffered and I was starting to crash. I was not taking care of myself.
Part of what helped me was 12 hours of sleep and the life giving conversation I had yesterday with my fellow coaches. We made plans to support each other in our hope. These questions are still with me today. I will do some more journaling and thinking as the day moves forward.
I would love to hear your thoughts on HOPE! Comment below…