- Many of our New Year’s expectations revolve around the concept of hope.
- Hope also permeates my own personal interests as a writer, lecturer and researcher.
- My students and research partners, along with Business Daily readers, know my own multi-year battle as a cancer survivor and the ups and downs of follow-up uncertainties, fears, reliefs and joys.
From the shores of the Indian Ocean to the waters of Lake Victoria, Kenyans joined the world to welcome 2022 with all the excitement and optimism that typically accompanies a new year. Will 2022 finally give up Covid-19 while we and the rest of the world struggle with the latest variant Omicron? Should our 2022 economy fully recover and leap forward? Will our election in 2022 proceed without error?
Many of our New Year’s expectations revolve around the concept of hope. Hope also permeates my own personal interests as a writer, lecturer and researcher. My students and research partners, along with Business Daily readers, know my own perennial battle as a cancer survivor and the ups and downs of follow-up uncertainties, fears, reliefs and joys.
In the last months of 2021, I struggled with a sharp drop in hope for the future after successive positive PET scan results at Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi.
But other tests at the hospital showed negative cancer recurrence. In an attempt to make sense of the complicated world of oncological sciences, I struggled with increasing difficulty dealing with the insecurities of life.
In fact, as I write this Business Talk article, I’m sitting in the Melanoma Center at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in the United States. A head of Aga Khan University Hospital recommended that I obtain second opinions from this particular US hospital as the best cancer-specific research hospital in the world. Fortunately, all the tests here confirm the positive outlook from my oncology medical team in Nairobi, and I am eagerly looking forward to my return to Kenya.
Meanwhile, I am deeply grateful that for several years I have been able to allocate a significant portion of my USIU-Africa salary to international health insurances that allow for second opinions abroad at top centers. But my heart breaks for those who are unable to undergo such a robust cancer follow-up, reminding me to donate and be active in charitable cancer organizations back home in Kenya.
But by mingling here in this new place with doctors, nurses, researchers, and patients, we have discussed the concept of hope in the midst of uncertainty. I enjoy these discussions as I personally looked deeper into the psychological concept of hope and hope research over the past many months.
Hope, social scientist Chan Hellman and a team of researchers state that hope is not only the best predictor of well-being in a person’s life, but it is also a teachable skill that we can all improve and enjoy. The three pillars of hope and the improvement of one’s outlook on life and hope in life and work first involve goal setting. Being aware of goals, objectives and ambitions provides an opportunity to visualize success and imagine a preferred future. Then spend time imagining what the preferred future would feel and look like.
Second, road thinking stands as the key to increasing hopefulness. All goals in life have different paths that one can take to achieve and realize a desired future. Successful goal achievement and enhanced hope encapsulate the intentionality of thinking through and considering several different paths to achieve specific goals and the probability of success for each path.
Third, the power of will constitutes the last pillar of hope. A hopeful person increases their willpower to stick to their path decisions on the path to goal achievement.
Researcher John Parsi notes that hopeful people are not just idealistically optimistic. Instead, a hopeful person takes responsibility and engages in actions to make sure things happen.
Occupational Psychology author Jeffrey Davis recommends the following steps to help strengthen one’s hopeful outlook on life: engage in conscious daydreaming, surround yourself with hopeful people, focus on a simple pursuit goal, and gradually build longer focused goals and stay open. to the little wonders and curiosities of life to keep track of.
Jeffrey Davis also developed a free online tool to help individuals determine their levels of hope in their work and lives.
The tool helps classify you into one of three different categories of hope and provides recommendations on how to improve your hope: “wonder-beginner” for people with low hope, “wonder-experiments” for moderately hopeful workers and ” wonder artist “for very hopeful individuals.
Readers can access the self-evaluation here: https: //trackingwonder.typeform.