“Hope” is perhaps the most disempowering word in the English language.
What do you mean when you say “hope”?
As in, I hope 2023 will be different. I hope we can finally get past our struggles! I hope we can have record sales! Maybe it can be our biggest year ever. Maybe I can get that bigger job. I sure hope so!
When I hear “hope” in sentences like this, I hear two things—
First, you are at least (somewhat) open to things changing.
Second, you are not open at ALL to YOU changing to change them. In fact, when I hear “hope” I hear a complete abdication of effort and commitment.
Don’t hope things will change. Commit to changing them. Are you in full control of that change? No. But what will serve you better—doing everything that it is in your power to do, including creating and coming from a more powerful sense of being? Or hoping that somehow things will change on their own with absolutely nothing required from you?
This is why I say “hope” is bullshit.
Instead, EXPECT things to change. FEEL that they have already changed. DO what is needed to change them, including changing your own relationship to them. SEE the change as inevitable and it will BE inevitable (or certainly much more inevitable than “hoping” for it).
Win or lose, put everything out there. See what you create in the process. See what you learn about your own power, too.