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The Dark Side of Hope & What to Focus on Instead

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Hope is incredibly powerful.
Hope can keep us alive in desperate
situations so we can dream about a future that isn’t so bleak.
Without hope, people will just shut down, losing the will to go on.
But Hope has a dark side too.

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The Dark Side of Hope & What to Focus on Instead

  1. 1. THE DARK SIDE OF HOPE & WHAT TO FOCUS ON INSTEAD B Y T O D D H E R M A N TODDHERMAN.ME
  2. 2. PRESERVING HOPE Hope is incredibly powerful. Hope can keep us alive in desperate situations so we can dream about a future that isn’t so bleak. Without hope, people will just shut down, losing the will to go on. But Hope has a dark side too.
  3. 3. Hope can create a fantasy world in your mind where everything is great already In order to maintain that fantasy world, people refuse to take action that will pop the fantasy bubble and introduce reality into their dreams. Once you try, once you go out into the real world, your dreams shatter and you are confronted with effort, work and challenge.
  4. 4. HOPE IS A MISTRESS TO PROCRASTINATION. TODDHERMAN.ME
  5. 5. INSPIRATION VS. HOPE Find Inspiration in reality. Find a person’s story that really gives you the motivation to go out and do things.
  6. 6. THERE'S NOTHING MORE INSPIRING THAN SEEING, HEARING OR MEETING THE PERSON WITH A FEW CLAW MARKS, DRENCHED HEAD TO TOE WITH SOME DIRT UNDER THEIR NAILS TODDHERMAN.ME
  7. 7. THE POSITIVE POWER OF NEGATIVE PREPARATION Like a military operation, you consider all the things that could go wrong and come up with a plan for each. When you're mentally prepared for the inevitability that things will go wrong, days will be tough and setbacks are a foregone conclusion... When you're prepared for the fact that reality is gonna look a lot different than the pie in the sky vision... You're not expecting yourself to fail because of this.
  8. 8. YOU'RE EXPECTING YOURSELF TO ADJUST, MANEUVER AND TAP INTO NEW RESOURCES TO MAKE WHATEVER YOUR GOAL IS A REALITY. TODDHERMAN.ME
  9. 9. MAKE THE LEAP Just remember, inside of that gap of uncertainty is a version of yourself you'll be excited to meet.
  10. 10. DON'T HOPE. PREPARE, AND MAKE THE LEAP. TODDHERMAN.ME

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