Education & Career Trends: March 1, 2023
Curated by the Knowledge Team of ICS Career GPS
- Excerpts are taken from an article by Deepak Chopra, published on medium.com
At the present moment, life’s uncertainties seem to be exaggerated. Since humans cannot foretell the future, they frequently devise self-defeating strategies. They include worry, complaint, blame, and pessimism. Nonetheless, facing uncertainty head-on is a significant challenge that some individuals handle with optimism and resilience. Such a mindset must be cultivated if you want to feel secure and go on despite the ups and downs the future will bring, and inspiring hope in others is essential if you want to improve their situation.
What does it mean to have hope?
We all say things like, “I hope it all works out,” but this is frequently simply a means for us to step back and disengage when we are at a loss for what to do. Genuine hope originates from a deeper place, the root of the self. How much optimism you feel and can provide to others is fundamentally influenced by a few key characteristics.
You can access your inner strength when you are strong and have faith that this force is real. Being resilient involves being able to recover from difficulties and obstacles. The future is rendered hopeful through optimism. These traits are the antithesis of worry, complaint, and pessimism. These deeper attributes raise one’s self-esteem rather than being self-defeating. You can help people overcome a negative mindset if you’re strong, resilient, and optimistic enough.
Naturally, during times of crisis, hope is necessary, but it should also be a daily guiding principle. Uncertainty is a part of life and can feel overwhelming at times when it affects the entire country or the world. The only aspect over which you have control is how you choose to view the world. It also doesn’t have to be a difficult scenario. since deep down you know that every moment is limitless and full of opportunities just waiting to be realised.
Most people are far too willing to give away their power, and nothing is more hopeless than being powerless. Maintaining your power entails standing up for yourself, having faith in your ability to overcome obstacles, and looking for opportunities where issues are prevalent. Yet all too frequently, when we think of personal strength, we see savage egotism, fierce competition, and the capacity to tread over others and crush rivals.
Real strength is actually founded on a core of quiet calm; it is the still point unaffected by the ups and downs of circumstances or the turmoil of emotions. Finding inner strength gives you a lifetime sense of power that grounds your family and the others you desire to elevate and inspire.
Positive thinking isn’t what builds resilience; it’s okay to feel sad when tragic events occur and to grieve when there is a loss. The concern is how to get better and get back to feeling good. This is done through feeling loss and grief more gently and allowing them to pass, leaving behind the straightforward yet deep thought, “Here I am.” In other words, resilience comes from having a solid understanding of who you are.
Society teaches us that life is hard, and that constant vigilance and struggle are often the norms. In light of this, optimism appears artificial and even silly.
The belief that life will take care of itself is optimism. It is based on the understanding that everyone is appreciated for who they are and has a role in the greater scheme of things. This level of faith cannot be found by looking to external circumstances, as external circumstances constantly breed doubt. The wisdom traditions of the globe declare that time will always bring both joy and suffering. Yet your everlasting essence is at the center of who you are. Because it is infused with serenity and joy, its essence is unbreakable, and optimism comes effortlessly from this higher dimension of the self.
There is nothing that can substitute strength, resilience, and optimism within you. This experience is available through meditation, which opens the way to the core of the self. You need a vision to help this inner journey. Pursuing deeper awareness is the surest path to achieving every unwavering value that your true self has in store for you. Hope is formed in the realm of pure consciousness.
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