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Building Hope: A Path to Achieving Goals

Building Hope: A Path to Achieving Your Goals

In this week’s installment of Louisa Jewell’sWeekly Juice,” we delve into a topic that holds profound significance for both academic and business success, as well as personal well-being: hope. The ability to cultivate and harness hope is a critical tool that can propel us toward achieving our most ambitious goals, even when the path ahead seems uncertain. This article explores the concept of hope and introduces a practical framework for building hope when faced with challenges that might otherwise seem insurmountable.

The Power of Hope

Hope serves as a cornerstone in our toolkit for achieving success. It’s not merely a fleeting emotion, but a mindset that can shape our actions and decisions. Dr. Chris Snyder’s research has uncovered three fundamental elements that contribute to hopeful thinking:

  • Goals: Our lives are driven by the pursuit of goals. Setting clear objectives gives us direction and purpose.
  • Pathways: Hopeful individuals are able to envision multiple pathways to achieve their goals. These pathways represent the strategies, resources, and activities that can lead to success.
  • Agency: The belief that we possess the capability to overcome obstacles and achieve our goals. This self-efficacy fuels determination and perseverance.

The Hope Map: A Practical Approach

Dr. Shane Lopez’s “Hope Map” is a valuable tool for cultivating hope, especially in moments of uncertainty or doubt. This simple exercise can help us navigate the complexities of our goals and transform seemingly unreachable aspirations into actionable steps. Here’s how to create your own Hope Map:

  1. Prepare: Begin with a blank piece of paper and divide it into three equal columns.
  2. Labeling: At the top of the left-hand column, label it as “Pathways.” In the center column, label it as “Obstacles.” Finally, label the right-hand column as “Goals.”
  3. Identify Goals: In the “Goals” column, jot down up to three objectives you aim to achieve this year, in the next few months or this year.
  4. Pathways: Under each goal, populate the “Pathways” column with the activities, strategies, and resources required to attain that goal.
  5. Obstacles: In the “Obstacles” column, list out all the potential barriers or challenges that could impede your progress toward each goal. It could even just be a mindset or fear you have.

Now pull out another piece of blank paper:

Overcoming Obstacles: For each obstacle, brainstorm strategies and resources that can help you overcome them. Think creatively and consider seeking advice from others or utilizing available tools and platforms.

Applying the Hope Map: An Example

To illustrate the effectiveness of the Hope Map, let’s consider an example goal: redesigning a personal website.

Goal: Redesign personal website for enhanced online presence.


Hire a web developer and designer.
Create engaging and relevant content.
Incorporate user-friendly design elements.


Lack of Contacts: No existing connections to web developers or designers.
Quality Concerns: Uncertainty about selecting a skilled and reliable professional.
Budget Uncertainty: Lack of knowledge regarding reasonable costs.
Time Constraints: Limited availability to develop content.

Overcoming Obstacles:

Networking: Reach out to friends or peers for recommendations and advice on finding web professionals.
Online Platforms: Utilize platforms like 99designs and Fiverr that provide ratings and reviews of freelancers.
Quotes and References: Request quotes and references from potential candidates to ensure quality and affordability.
Time Management: Dedicate small daily increments to content creation to manage time constraints effectively.


The concept of hope is not a mere abstraction; it’s a practical approach to achieving our goals. The Hope Map technique offers a structured and strategic way to build hope and face challenges head-on. By breaking down our goals into pathways and identifying and overcoming obstacles, we gain a newfound sense of agency and confidence. This approach empowers us to move beyond the paralysis of uncertainty and take concrete steps toward realizing our aspirations. Give the Hope Map a try, and watch how your perception of your goals transforms, paving the way for a more hopeful and successful journey.

We look forward to hearing your experiences with the Hope Map technique and how it has contributed to increasing hope in your life. Until next time, stay hopeful and keep reaching for those dreams.

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