Hope, as defined by Wikipedia, is an optimistic attitude of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes related to events and circumstances in one's life or the world at large.
I have written a few times about how hope is not a plan. Hope is what we get to feel after we've put some effort and action towards our desired outcome. Hope is what we get to feel after we've made the sacrifices, the difficult choices, after we've done the hard work.
I am thinking about this today because tomorrow I compete in the Masters National Olympic Weightlifting Championships in Salt Lake City. I am thinking about the months of training I have completed to prepare me for this meet. Am I hopeful? Yes, because I have an expectation of a good outcome based upon all of the training events. According to Beyond the Whiteboard I have logged over 85 training days and 172 hours of training since November.
Hope is important because it's an optimistic attitude, and our attitude can have profound impact on our desired outcome. Our optimistic attitude is created by a series of actions we've taken to put us on the path toward our desired outcome. We should be optimistic after we've made the sacrifices, the difficult choices, after we've done the hard work.
We should have hope that what we want is achievable. I have worked very hard and what I want is totally achievable. I have achieved new personal records in my last training cycle and I'm very excited to attempt those PRs again on a National stage.
I hope you also have a big goal towards which you are working. It is a fantastic feeling to be on the precipice of a big event being fully confident and hopeful that all of your hard work will culminate in a few moments of extraordinary effort.
I hope you have fun with today's workout.
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