(MENAFN - Gulf Times)
Third day of Ramadan, my spirits are high, I am feeling productive and very hopeful. Each year Ramadan comes around and seems to bring around a sense of renewed hope with it. A lot of messages I have received from people for things they want me to write about in this column have been from people who are in situations that have led them to a place where they feel they have lost all hope and what to give up.
Having hope is a personal decision, a bold conviction—ultimately it's a choice.
Hope is something worth holding on to. It's a conviction that comes from gut purpose, and a clear understanding of what drives hope in you.
We so often look outside ourselves, desperate for inspiration — a sign, a miracle. Finding hope is an inside job. When you feel lost and hopeless, rather than focus on the outside crisis — zoom in.
Transform the moment by zooming off of you and into what drives the hope within you. And that can be found in who, and what, you love and cherish deeply.
If you are reading this and feel hopeless I want to remind you; you are not alone. Zoom in. Dig deep. Make the bold, brave decision to go deep within in and believe in your destiny.
How do you find that type of courage? How do you believe with unwavering faith that you will be ok? Or that your second chance is possible? That you will not just get through—that you will triumph?
The answer resides within you, derived from everything you hold dear. It defines you. Even in the darkest hour you can find hope. Sometimes it is in the depths of despair that hope offers the greatest opportunity opening you up to who you really are.
Having hope is an active, decisive mind-set, no matter the haze and fog that clouds your vision, hope's laser cuts through.
Hope is your choice over fear. It's a battle for the possible, a noble duel of the spirit to slay the dragons of despair that confront you.
Take on a warrior's mind-set. Make a choice to build your life on a grand and royal foundation. A foundation of hope, and the belief that you will fulfill your destiny — all you are born to be. Because you choose to empower that belief with every decision, every second of every day. Where our greatest opportunity for happiness is realised.
Who we really are is based on values we choose to live by, such as believing in the possible, believing in the goodness of others, and believing in the power of love.
n The author is a consultant and coach. Instagram handle: @miss_shefa, Website: missshefa.com
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