The Power of Hope Can Hold You Back or Move You Forward

Hope is not always good for you. Hope can be bad for you if it keeps you terminally trapped in the impossible task of undoing the past. Failed attempts to alter the past create misery and despair. The past has been written and played out already, so it’s better to let go of hope and surrender to what is. You have to give up all hope of changing the past if you want to move forward into a brighter future.

the power of hope by gail goodwin

There is power in hope. It can drag you back or you can use it to propel you forward.

You have to surrender all of the thoughts and emotions you’ve invested into hoping to change the past. Then you can invest your thoughts and emotions into improving your future. Here’s how to do it:

If your past is causing regret you can unplug your thoughts from thinking about the people, places, objects and events that cause you pain. When the power of your thoughts returns to you, sit with it for as long as you need. Talk about it, write about it, dance it out, or thrash it out in a swimming pool. When you’ve let this mental anguish out of your system, close the door on it for the last time. Then plug your thoughts into thinking about the people, places, objects and events that are important to you now. Train your thoughts to stay in the present by repeating this exercise whenever necessary, or seek professional help.

If your past is causing regret then unplug your emotions from feeling distressed about the people, places, objects and events that cause you pain. When the power of your emotions returns to you, sit with it for as long as you need. Talk about it, write about it, dance it out, or thrash it out in a swimming pool. When you’ve got all of this emotional anguish out of your system, close the door on it for the last time. Then plug your emotions into the people, places, objects and events that are important to you now. Train your emotions to stay in the present by repeating this exercise whenever necessary, or seek professional help.

Hope has the power to keep you trapped in the past, but it also has the power to move you forward. When you surrender and let go of hope of changing the past, and focus on the present, you have the power to brighten your future.

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About gailgoodwin

As an author, trainer and mentor, my purpose is to inspire vision, creativity and productivity in the business of life and the life of your business.
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