Hopeful people are those who are future-oriented, having a clear outlook and positive expectations of what is yet to come.
Not only do these individuals expect a good future, but they also put in the work to achieve it. They set goals, and are both motivated towards and confident in achieving them.
Those who are hopeful believe that there are multiple effective ways of reaching a desirable outcome. Therefore, when faced with a setback, they focus on the next opportunity, plan to improve, and remain confident that things will work out for the best.
Hopeful individuals are easily able to envision a wonderful future with their partner. They seek out the positive aspects of the relationship and aren't pre-occupied with the negatives, focusing on creating an atmosphere for improvement and growth.
When their relationships are faced with setbacks, hopeful people are willing to put in the time to work through any issues and to make sure things run smoothly in the future. However, they must be careful, as being too hopeful can lead to staying in the wrong relationship waiting for things to get better.
At work, hopeful people maintain their future-mindedness by creating to-do lists and using planners to manage their tasks. These are also the people who see a task through to completion, as opposed to giving up when faced with difficulties. With this, they can be seen as problem solvers, seeking multiple solutions to any issues that might arise.
Their positive predisposition can motivate a team. When things look dim, their energy acts as a beacon of light and forward-looking optimism.
Hopefulness detached from reality can bleed into delusion. When the chances of something happening are slim, being too hopeful can result in a lack of preparedness for disappointment.
Hopefulness can also become challenging when one starts to believe things will happen, even if they are not particularly within their control. Similarly, it's important not to let hope turn into blind optimism. One must remember that being hopeful requires putting in the work, not only expecting things to happen.
The first step to developing hope is to recognize that you can't predict the future. However, it is also important to realize how much of an impact actions can have on future outcomes. When trying to become hopeful, don't just wish for something to happen but think about what actions need to be taken to make sure they happen. Look for opportunities to take an action which increases the likelihood of a positive outcome occurring. Every small step is a step in the right direction.
Those who score low on hope tend be past-oriented, perhaps dwelling on situations that didn't turn out how exactly they wanted. In terms of the future, they have a more pessimistic view of what is yet to come. Low scorers don't think they can control future outcomes, believing that the odds are stacked against them and that they are a victim to circumstance.
In general, they tend to approach the future with caution and low expectations.