Home Invites Members Groups Events Careers Videos News Photos Blogs Polls Singles Forums Chat
Home > Client News & Resources > Post Content

Cultivating Aspiration in Your Life (13636 hits)

The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination, and the energy to get started. – Norman Cousins, American journalist.

What do you do when you're faced with an obstacle? Do you soon give up, or do you persist, and actively look for ways to work around it?

If you can usually find another path to your goals, you probably have a hopeful outlook on life.

According to positive psychologist Charles Richard "Rick" Snyder (1944-2006), hopeful thinkers achieve more, and are physically and psychologically healthier than less hopeful people.

This article looks at Snyder's Hope Theory, and how it can help you achieve your goals. It also explores strategies that you can use to take a positive approach when times get tough.
About the Theory

Snyder was fascinated by the concepts of hope and forgiveness. Throughout his career, he published six books about Hope Theory, and 262 articles about the impact that hope can have on aspects of life such as health, work, education, and personal meaning.

Hope Theory argues that there are three main things that make up hopeful thinking:

1. Goals – Approaching life in a goal-oriented way.
2. Pathways – Finding different ways to achieve your goals.
3. Agency – Believing that you can instigate change and achieve these goals.

Snyder characterized hopeful thinkers as people who are able to establish clear goals, imagine multiple workable pathways toward those goals, and persevere, even when obstacles get in their way.

The Importance of Hope

It's a simple fact of life that even the best laid plans can go astray. Whatever talent or skill you may possess, hope is the state of mind that helps you navigate life's twists and turns, and keeps you moving forward when times are tough.

Continued: http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/snyder-hope-theory.htm?utm_source=nl&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=08Jul14#np
Posted By: Elynor Moss
Tuesday, July 8th 2014 at 11:19AM
You can also click here to view all posts by this author...

Report obscenity | post comment
Share |
Please Login To Post Comments...
Email:
Password:

 
More From This Author
COOKING FOR BAE: QUICK & EASY SHRIMP N GRITS
JUST IN: Paul Quinn College’s Dr. Michael Sorrell Named The Family Place’s 2018 Texas Trailblazer
Urban One Taps Angie Ange for DC Mornings
Our Students Need a Chance to Succeed
There is Power in Love. Be kind always.
For the Lover in You.
Father’s We Value You
True Fathers Day Wish! Balloons to you dads!!
Forward This Post Entry!
Client News & Resources Home

(Advertise Here)
Who's Online
>> more | invite 
Black America Resources
100 Black Men of America
www.100blackmen.org

Black America's Political Action Committee (BAMPAC)
www.bampac.org

Black America Study
www.blackamericastudy.com

Black America Web
www.blackamericaweb.com

CNN Black In America Special
www.cnn.com/blackinamerica

NUL State of Black America Report
www.nul.org

Most Popular Bloggers
deacon ron gray has logged 343477 blog subscribers!
tanisha laverne grant has logged 52687 blog subscribers!
elynor moss has logged 41224 blog subscribers!
gregory boulware, esq. has logged 29082 blog subscribers!
agnes levine has logged 27087 blog subscribers!
>> more | add 
Latest Jobs
Appliance Sales Specialist with Best Buy in Salem, NH.
Computing Sales Consultant with Best Buy in San Diego, CA.
Best Buy Sales Consultant - Digital Imaging with Best Buy in Kennesaw, GA.
Best Buy Sales Consultant -Home Theater, Magnolia Home Theater with Best Buy in Kennesaw, GA.
Appliance Sales Consultant with Best Buy in Downey, CA.
>> more | add