3 strategies that I know will help me and may help others to foster hope are to identify goals, strengthening willpower and waypower, and visualizing success.
One must set goals by first identifying important goals. Identifying major areas in ones life is the key to indentifying goals. By knowing major areas inone’s life, one can set and prioritize concrete and vivid goals.Bolt, (2004) stated “remember also that manageable goals are hope-inducing” (p. 172).
Bolt, (2004) stated “having identified their goals, hopeful people take responsibility for moving toward their attainment” (p. 174). One must remain hopeful with the goals that are identified in each area. By taking responsibility in obtaining said goals one can view goals as challenges. By viewing goals as challenges one can remain focused and avoid failure. Goals should not be seen as problems or difficult to obtain, but as opportunities.
Peale asserts “hold the image of yourself succeeding” (as cited in Bolt, 2004). By visualizing success one can lead themselves to success of the desired outcome. One who uses visualization builds mental simulation. Mental simulation can foster one’s willpower and one’s waypower.
Shura Steven WhitakerPSY 220April 3, 2012Dikeesha Govan Brown
Identifying GoalsStrengthening Willpower and WaypowerVisualizing Success
One identifies and sets goals.Identify major areas of life.Family, relationships, health, leisure, work.Identify goals in each area.•Prioritize concrete and vivid goals.
•Remain hopeful with identified goals.•Remain responsible toward obtaining goals.•One views goals as challenges.•Focus on success not failure.•Goals are opportunities not hindrances.
•One must visualize their success.•Vividly visualize one’s desired outcome.•Visualizing leads to mental simulation.•Foster willpower through mental simulation.•Foster waypower through mental simulation.
When fostering hope one can use suggestions such asidentifying goals, strengthening willpower and waypower, andvisualizing success. Also 2 other suggestions are learning optimismand communal hope.Currently I am implementing identifying goals, strengtheningwillpower and waypower, and visualizing success. Identifying goalsallows me to not only identify but also to prioritize my goals in allareas such as in family, relationships, health, leisure and with work. Ihave really broke ground on my goals. Strengthening willpower andwaypower helps me remain positive and hopeful when it comes togoals I have set for myself, like the goals I set of going back to collegeand receiving my Bachelors degree in Psychology. I see everyday howthis builds my willpower and waypower. Visualizing success allowedme to see my goal of going back to college and that goal wasachieved, now I must continue to visualize graduating college in orderto reach my desired outcome.My future plans are to remain active with said 3 suggestionsto continue fostering hope within myself and in my life.
Bolt, M. (2004). Pursuing human strengths: A positivepsychology guide. New York, NY: Worth Publishers.