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Faith vs. Hope

19 Aug

“Hope is wishing…faith is knowing.” Those words come from one of my favorite spiritual authors, U.S. Andersen in his 1954 book, Three Magic Words.

How many times a day does someone say something to you using the word hope? How many times a day do you use the word hope? Like most of us, you probably have no idea since hope is such an innocuous word, almost meaningless. But not quite.

When we use the word hope in our conversations to ourselves, what are we really saying? Take for example; I hope I do well in my presentation to the committee today. I hope I make the team. I hope I pass Thursday’s math final. Or, I hope I close the sale with the Big Time Company.

What you’re really saying is, I don’t think I’ll succeed, but maybe, just maybe the Gods will shine upon me and I’ll do well. Mr. Andersen describes hope this way, “Hope is a pessimist looking at things optimistically.” It sounds good, maybe even temporarily lifts our spirits, but in the end, means bupkis.

The opposite of hope is faith. And faith is a lot harder to believe in. Typically, we as humans have faith in the things we can see, hear, smell, taste and feel. We use the term, I’ll believe it when I see it. But faith is different. Faith requires us to firmly believe in something that’s not yet there. Or, as Dr. Wayne Dyer says, “I’ll see it when I believe it.”

However, we do have quite a bit of faith in the unseen. We have faith that when we throw the switch on the wall unseen electricity will light up our home. We have faith that the microwaves we cannot see will heat up our dinner. We have faith that every day the sun will rise in the east and set in the west. We have faith that the wireless device hanging from our ear will pick-up our voice and transmit it to our phone and that our phone will send an unseen signal half-way around the world. But, where we lack faith is in ourselves, our mind and the power of our thoughts

You see, we are the co-creators of our life. We co-create with our higher power, or as many of us call, the Universe. And to do that we must first plant the seeds of what we desire by firmly asking the Universe for what we want. Then we nurture this seed by never wavering from what we want, with the firm conviction that what we want will indeed manifest into our life. I call this Michael’s Law of Deliberate Manifestation.

And to do this we must develop our faith. Instead of hoping you’ll do well in your presentation, ask the Universe that you make an incredible presentation to the committee. Instead of hoping to make the team, ask the Universe for an unbelievable tryout that thoroughly impresses the coaches. Instead of hoping to pass the math test, thank the Universe for a perfect score. And when it comes to the Big Time order see yourself already celebrating with the order in your hand.

I know it won’t be easy for you. It wasn’t when I first learned this. I had my doubts. Going from a pessimist to an optimist takes time and effort. I went from the glass is half empty to the glass is half full. But the real change happened when I went from the glass is half full to, the glass is half full and when I drink this my glass will once again be filled to the brim.

With Love,


Keeping Your Promises!

18 Dec

We promise according to our hopes, and perform according to our fears. ~Dag Hammarskjold

I don’t think there has ever been a truer statement then the one from Dag Hammarskjold above. For those not familiar with Dag Hammarskjold, he was a Swedish diplomat, economist, and author. He is best known for being the second Secretary-General of the United Nations, serving in that role from April 1953 until his death in a plane crash in September 1961.

As human beings we were programed to be optimistic. It is our natural state. And when we promise another that we will do something for them, our promises are made with the full intent of providing the other with the best that we can offer. It could be a promise to a child, a spouse, a boss, co-worker or even a customer. We intend to deliver.

Although, a promise and delivering on that promise are two sides of the same coin, there is often a disconnect between agreeing to the promise and following through on that promise. That disconnect is usually fear. The fear we feel when delivering on the promise forces us to step outside of our comfort zone.

For example: we promise and agree to sit on the board of a local non-profit. Having served on many boards I know that as board members we are often asked to volunteer our time, business skills, knowledge and advice. As a board member of the Northern California chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation I had various duties assigned to me. When I became President of the board I took on additional responsibilities. And one of those tasks was to be the voice of the chapter. That meant delivering many talks and speeches to members, future members and high level donors.

Fortunately, by this time I had overpowered my fears of public speaking. Otherwise my presidency could have been a disaster. But for many other people whose desire it is to serve others, they must often face and try to overpower the fears that emerge when they try new things, winning some and losing others.

Making promises to provide others with something is always a noble gesture. But before making that promise, make sure you know what the future holds for you. If you know you’re going to face fear on your path to delivery, make sure you can face and overpower those fears. If not, what you deliver may not come close to what you promised.

Best always,