How Do You Become a Person of Hope?

Becoming a person with hope—defeating discouragement and building a new future—is always a result of raising seven hope factors, which I call The Seven:

  1. Recharge your batteries. Nobody does well running on empty.
  2. Raise your expectations. Life really can be far greater than anything you’ve known.
  3. Refocus on the future. Don’t look back; concentrate on what you can become.
  4. Play to your strengths. Be yourself; everyone else is taken.
  5. Refuse to go it alone. Even the Lone Ranger had Tonto.
  6. Replace burnout with balance. Variety refreshes, restores, and reenergizes.
  7. Play great defense. Learn to respond to bad news in great ways.

Building The Seven into your life will increase your hope level dramatically. And when that happens, anything is possible.

Recently, I spoke about The Seven at a weeklong conference. When the chart lit up the screen, I could hear people all over in the crowd say, “Got it!” I told them, as I’m telling you now, “I’m not talking so much about hope but about seven critical factors that, when they are rising in your life, will give you genuine hope.”

Let me tell you how important this is to me. Every year, I set goals. Sometimes they go well; sometimes they don’t. Five years ago, I had one goal for the whole year. I was going to work for 365 days to do one thing—raise my hope level. My goal was to be more hope-filled at the end of the year than I was at the start of the year.

By that time, I had learned that hope would improve my relationships, my marriage, and my impact, and I would be a whole lot more fun to be around. Not too long into that year, though, I realized I couldn’t raise my hope level by wishing to be more hopeful.

You raise your hope level by investing in The Seven. Why is raising your Hope Quotient job one? Simple—the ripple effect. Raising these seven leads to hope, which leads to fresh vision, which leads to great new things in your life, health, finances, and future. In short, raising your HQ changes everything, because you will finally be living with a solid, secure, emotionally healthy, and spiritually solid foundation.

In my next blog, I’ll talk about the most important question I was ever asked—and what the answer means to you.


Becoming a person with hope is always a result of raising the seven hope factors