Don't freak out, this isn't the bit where I start going all preachy on you.
This isn’t about religious faith or hope, but believe it or not, hope and faith play a massive part in your career progression.
I saw a Commencement Speech* recently by Jim Carrey (yes, the Grinch). It was a great speech (‘Didn’t see that coming’, as Harpers Bazaar twitter feed would say). The words he uses might be different to what you use, or I use, but the message was around positivity, future-focus and taking control of your dreams.
One sentence particularly caught my attention; he said he didn’t believe in Hope.
That was a real thought starter for me and the more I thought about it, I realized that 'Hope' is actually quite a pessimistic word.
Faith is what we need more of. Not in terms of religion, but more in terms of the conviction, the faith, that things will happen.
Hope is like a safe bet.
“I hope that happens. I know it probably won’t, but would be good if it did.”
It seems almost passive.
Faith is confidence.
“I have faith this will happen and I’ll live my life with that in mind.”
That’s an active decision to change. Straight away it’s optimistic, future focussed.
Or let’s look at it this way - faith is confidence in what we hope for.
You can hope for a promotion, but if you have faith it will happen – how will you behave differently? Can that mindset be enough to get you to act on influencing that outcome?
According to difference.net, 'While hope is the means (the tasks/path), faith is based on the ends (the goal).'
What do you hope or wish for?
What do you know is going to happen for you? Not necessarily right now, but at some point?
Go back and look at your career goal, with the faith that you will get there and achieve it.
How do you feel about it now?
Ok! Go make it happen!
*You can watch JC’s speech here: https://www.mum.edu/whats-happening/graduation-2014/full-jim-carrey-address-video-and-transcript/