It’s the ability to believe in the good things in the world. It’s the ability to know that you will prevail over adversity.
Every one of us has found ourselves lacking hope at some time in our lives. And in some of the most difficult conditions, who could blame us?
Even so, the gift of reason tells us that a person without hope is a person without life.
Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.”
With this in mind, how can we cope when we find ourselves feeling hopeless? It’s simply not possible to create personal change in our lives while remaining in this state.
It’s Not Rocket Science, But It Takes Practice
Creating personal change that leads to your own personal bliss can actually be pretty painless. As it turns out, when you take the road that makes you feel good, you’re more likely to be happy and to succeed in your goals.
And don’t forget these important tips.
- Creating hope in your life can begin with simple affirmations. You can try adding one to your daily routine, something like “All good things are coming to me today” or “I see beauty around me and within me” or “The order of every day is happiness.”
- Another way to change your outlook is to get some exercise. Play the Wii with your kids or go for an after dinner walk. Dance with the baby or your husband. Move your body and have fun with it.
- Be aware of your body. If you’re not eating right or sleeping enough, depression can set in.
- It’s all about your perspective. If you consistently beat yourself up with negativity, you will lose hope. If you focus on positive things and change your perspective, you will find hope seeping into every area of your life.
Give these things a try. Even one small change can bring you one step closer to creating the personal change you desire in your life.
I leave you with one final thought from Winston Churchill.
“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
Angela Atkinson is a Certified Life Coach and the author of more than 20 books on narcissism, narcissistic abuse recovery and related topics. A recognized expert on narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder who has studied and written extensively on narcissistic relationships since 2006, Atkinson was inspired to begin her work as a result of having survived toxic relationships of her own.
Atkinson offers trauma-informed coaching and has certifications in life coaching, level 2 therapeutic model, CBT coaching, integrative wellness coaching, and NLP. She is a certified trauma support coach and certified family trauma professional. She also has a professional PTSD counseling certification. Her mission is to help those who have experienced the emotional and mental devastation that comes with narcissistic abuse in these incredibly toxic relationships to (re)discover their true selves, stop the gaslighting and manipulation and move forward into their genuine desires – into a life that is exactly what they choose for themselves.
Along with her solution-focused life coaching experience, Atkinson’s previous career in journalism and research helps her to offer both accurate and understandable information for survivors of abuse in a simple-to-understand way that helps to increase awareness in the narcissistic abuse recovery community. Atkinson founded QueenBeeing.com Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support, the SPANily Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support Groups and the Life Makeover Academy. In her life coaching practice, Atkinson’s clients enjoy her personalized approach that allows and encourages them to become the best possible versions of themselves and to succeed in doing what they love most. She offers individual and group coaching for victims and survivors of narcissistic abuse at NarcissisticAbuseRecovery.Online and NarcissismSupportCoach.com.