Wishing vs hoping that your city will improve


Is there a distinction between wishing and hoping?

wishing feels or expresses a strong desire for something that is difficult to achieve. It's like wanting to win the lottery but not buying a ticket.

Hoping is to look forward with desire and reasonable confidence that something can happen. You can hope to win the lottery because you bought a ticket.

My conclusion is that the different factors between wishing and hoping are the process of look forward and move on to action which can completely change the course of your circumstances!

I had never considered the distinction between wishing and hoping before attending the conference "Helping Small Towns Succeed". I attended a breakout session to explain and foster the hope of community leadership. The presenter's research shows that community leaders want two things: 1) stability in the moment; and 2) hope for the future. But unfortunately, the vast majority of community leaders do not spend enough time to create hope.

Think about it: growth depends on the future. A young tree becomes a powerful oak by slowly growing over time. An infant becomes a child who ends up becoming an adult. Hope is the same way. He can not wait. When we have hope, we can create a vision and take action for a better future for ourselves and for our communities, not just to wish for things that could be.

Planting the seed of hope requires a change of mentality; leaders who believe that the growth of the community is possible and commit to pursue it. The change of direction of hope in the hope is only the first step. This movement begins a cycle of growth, increased hope, additional growth, leading to contagious hope. Because when hope rises in our communities, everything changes.

Evaluate your current level of HOPE

Instructions: Read each article carefully. Give yourself a score of 1-5 points based on the following: Strongly disagree (1 point); Disagree (2 points); Neutral (3 points); Agree (4 points); Totally agree (5 points)

  1. My future will be better than the present. ___ points
  2. I have the power to improve my future. ___ points
  3. I am excited about at least one thing in my future. ___ points
  4. I see many paths to reach my goals. ___ points
  5. Paths to my important goals are barrier-free. ___ points

Score Questions 1 to 5 correspond to your HOPE score. TOTAL ____

  1. My current life circumstances are the only determinants of my future. ___ points
  2. My past achievements are the only determinants of my future. ___ points

Score Questions 6 to 7 are your READY to hope score. TOTAL ___

  1. I make others feel excited for the future. ___ points
  2. I spread hope through models or the support of others. ___ points
  3. I spread hope in my life. ___ points

Score Question 8-10 is your HOPE CONTAGION score. TOTAL ___


Analyze your current level of HOPE

Questions 1-5 is your HOPE score (from 5 to 25).

  • 5-15, it will take a lot of work and a lot of practice to increase your score.
  • 16-20 years old, hope is an asset to you every day, but many strategies can help you increase your hope.
  • From the age of 21, you are a great hope and your vision of the future is an asset.

Questions 6-7 is your READINESS to HOPE score (ranging from 2-10). The higher your score, the more you believe that your future is dominated by your past and present and the less hope you have. Learn to broaden your sense of personal freedom without denying the realistic constraints we all face.

Question 8-10 is your CONTAGION HOPE score (from 3 to 15). If you are over 12, you are a role model for others and consciously reinforce the hope of those around you. A low score suggests that you would be interested in seeking the support and companionship of people with great hope in your daily life. #Irrural

About Paula Jensen

Paula Jensen's passion for personal and professional life is her passion for community development and leadership. Paula resides in her home town of Langford, South Dakota, whose population is over 318 years old. She is a grant writer and community coach for Dakota Resources, based in Renner, South Dakota. Dakota Resources is a 501c3 community development financial institution that aims to stimulate financial and human investment in rural communities that invest in their communities. Contact her at [email protected]

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