Hopes can be both large and small.

But how can hope turn into opportunities?

This can only happen with you and by you. Creating opportunities for ourselves differentiates a hope from a wish. Imagine life as a hot air balloon, the balloon represents your hopes. You are the fuel to get the balloon moving – without energy, the balloon won’t move. Think of this as a metaphor for the hopes you have in life, without action your hopes aren’t going anywhere.

Today, we want to challenge you to look at short-term, mid-term and long-term hopes for your future.

Short-Term

In a journal, write down 3-4 hopes you have for the next six months to one year. Think of them as an intention. Do you want to travel? Do you want to work out more? Or do you want to work harder and get a promotion?

Mid-Term

Write down a 3-4 hopes you have for the next 3-5 years. Do you want to achieve any artistic goals? Do you want to learn a new language? Or would you like to have a baby?

Long-Term

Write down 3-4 hopes you have for the next 7-10 years. Are you aiming for career progression? Do you want to make the world a better place? Or do you wish to study more?

You may not have the finances, resources, or abilities to reach these intentions just yet but if you focus on the intention, instead of the “ifs” “buts” and “whys”, they become easier to get started. It’s really important when looking at your hopes you really think about what you want – goals should be about you and not others.

You can periodically review your hopes and track your progress. Whilst building paths for ourselves in life is important, circumstances change which can alter our course. The idea of this task is to identify what is important to you at this moment and how you can plan for the future, for you.

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