Hope fuels purpose, purpose fuels passion, passion drives performance, and performance drives results. It starts with hope and ends with results. What is this “it” that begins with hope and ends with results? The answer is, that’s whatever you want “it” to be.
When we consider all that we strive to do or are currently trying to do, when we add hope to it, we trigger a series of other triggers that energize our commitment. And when we can energize our engagement, execution or performance will surely follow.
We all have hopes for something, we have dreams and we have goals. We have hopes, dreams and goals for our business and for our personal lives. If we are not where we think we should be, what we could experience in our personal and professional lives is disengagement. We have the ideas, we’ve written our plans, we’ve started moving towards executing our plans, and then for some reason we stop. Our interest or commitment to the project or whatever we are doing has waned.
This week, I had this discussion with a friend of mine. She told me that she seemed to have lost interest in so many things. She shared that the past two years have been very hard on her mentally, physically, emotionally and even spiritually. The pandemic, society, politics and now war have left her numb and confused. She struggles to get enthusiastic about her work and has lost interest in the things that once brought her joy and happiness in her personal life.
We talked for a long time, and after a while I asked her what she hoped for in life. At first, she said she had lost hope and felt hopeless and helpless. We talked about it a bit more and then I said I was sure she must have hope for something, we all do.
She thought about it and shrugged again. So I reminded him of the eight things Zig Ziglar used to say that we all have hope for: happiness, good health, prosperity, security, friendship, peace of mind. spirit, good family relations and a better future. And I asked her if any of them could be something she hoped for in her own life too.
As we delved a little deeper into each of the eight things mentioned above, his behavior changed. His body language went from disinterested to engaged. She even started taking notes and writing reminders for herself of the things she wanted to track. And the moment we broke up that day, I could literally see the hope in his eyes. My goal was not to try to solve his problems, all I did was to give him something to think about, some hope.
Look around at your family members, your circle of friends, your teammates and your employees. Do you see hope in their eyes, does it manifest in their work ethic, attitude and overall commitment? If you see or experience disengagement at home or at work, I encourage you to start a conversation around hope.
A team with no hope of winning the next game is unlikely to train. A student who has no hope of passing a test is unlikely to study. A salesperson who has no hope of closing the sale may never pick up the phone. A spouse with no hope for the relationship will soon stop trying. Give those who matter most the best gift you can give them, give them the gift of hope.
Hope is the trigger for purpose, passion, performance and results. Hope is not a strategy; hope is the secret ingredient to committing to our goals and dreams. Could you or someone you know use some hope right now? I would love to hear your story at [email protected] and when we can energize our engagement with hope, it will truly be a better than a good year.
Michael Norton is the grateful President of XINNIX, a personal and professional coach, and a consultant, trainer, promoter and motivator for businesses of all sizes.