“Everything you ever want is on the other side of hope!” – #Futurist Jim Carroll
How does that phrase go? Hope springs eternal!
Hope is the foundation of so much of how you align yourself to your future and turn it into opportunity. It’s the foundation for your optimism, the bedrock on which you place your innovative thinking, and the platform for your enthusiasm.
Without it, you’ll always be off to a rocky start.
Here’s the thing though – in times of volatility and uncertainty, you’ve got to battle on a continuous basis to keep your hope intact. It’s all too easy to fall prey to a swirl of negative thinking — with the result that you can easily lose sight of the fascinating opportunities from what comes next.
Focus on your hopes – and be relentless in your pursuit of them – because obviously, when you lost your hope, you’ve pretty much lost everything.
Hope is actually an undercurrent of many of my talks. In one of my keynote topics (“The Lessons of Powerful Optimism: Rethinking the Future Right Now”) , I describe the future in this fashion:
“A renaissance in manufacturing enabled by 3D printing, advanced robotics and massive digitization, self-driving cars, space tourism, asteroid mining, vertical farming, and other fascinating fast paced trends. Opportunities for the transformation of entire industries such as healthcare, sports and transportation through unprecedented levels of hyper-connectivity. The acceleration of ideas with science that are allowing us to solve some of the biggest challenges of our time in the world of education, healthcare, the environment and education. A generation of millennials who know that it is a great time to think big ideas and do great things with their boundless enthusiasm and global awareness.”
How do I conclude?
“It’s time to turn your mind to the future once again, restore a sense of hope and optimism, and link yourself to the fast paced trends which energize your outlook on opportunity!”
The key line? “…restore a sense of hope and optimism…”