He had all the signs and words of stuck. “I can’t” “No one will help.” “No options.” He’d stop trying to improve the situation and was looking to numb it. His “sports ready” stance had withered to hunched and clenched. He still had an occassional “wish” for a miracle. But, wishes without action are another side of hopeless.
And yet, from the outside looking in, I saw huge possibility, talent, and relationships worth leveraging. I yearned to help him adjust his lens to see new beginnings.
Why I Subscribe to Hope
Hope encourages hard work, risks, and meaning. Not the “want without work” kind of dreaming. The feeling deep in your gut that there’s something more.
I’m ridiculously yet pragmatically hopeful. Ridiculous, because I dream big and set goals beyond my reach. Practical because I work like a dog to make wishes come true.
Hope brought me through a divorce and into a loving marriage
Hope led to “impossible” jobs that made a difference
Hope in people transformed careers
Hope inspires my kids
Hope Inspires Others.
7 Ways to Inspire Possible
Leaders are ambassadors of possibility. When tired eyes look your way, engage them in gentle challenges. Help them realize more.
- Start with your own heart – Connect with possible. Remember feelings of turnaround and triumph. Export passion in your connection.
- Ask possibility questions – Sit with them in the silence of consideration before narrowing to questions of feasible.
- Discover stories of past success – First excavate positive feelings then connect to potential actions.
- Identify folks to crew the lifeboat – Who do they (and you) know who could help? Encourage the fortitude to ask for it.
- Open doors – Sure, they need to do the heavy lifting. But when your hands are full, it’s helpful when someone opens a door.
- Commit to continued support – Ensure that this is more than a one time “pep talk”
- Your turn – What would you add?
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