For the second week of Hope Month, we’re going to explore the three components of Hope in a little more detail. The three components are:

  1. The wish/goal itself
  2. Pathways
  3. Agency

To do this, we’re going to have one on-going exercise, and three discrete exercises.

Be sure to check back later in the week for our blog post on Hope and Optimism!

On-going Hope Exercise: Significant Strengths

To explore the Agency component of Hope, this week’s on-going exercise is the Significant Strengths exercise. At the end of each day, take a second to identify the most significant or meaningful activity or event from that day. Then, take some time to explore why it was significant or meaningful to you. What strengths did you or others use? What does this teach you about what you value?

Discrete Hope Exercises

The 3 Hopes Exercise

This works best at the beginning of the week, though you can do this multiple times per week, for one day at a time, if you’d like. Identify 3 goals, hopes, or wishes you have for the week. Then, much like a what-went-well, consider what pathways or actions can help you achieve them. (See our past post on the 3 Hopes Exercise here)

The Future Scale (Adult Hope Scale)

Training needs metrics of success, and one of the more common metrics used for Hope is The Future Scale, also called the Adult Hope Scale. This scale measures your self-assessed capacity for Agency and identifying Pathways.

Check out our Future Scale Worksheet. It contains some helpful background information, and calculates your scores for you when you are finished answering the questions.

Meaningful Accomplishments

The Meaningful Accomplishments exercises is another approach we can take to help us identify our values. Wishes and goals that we find motivating are often rooted in our personal values, so it’s important to know what they are.

Brainstorm a few of your past accomplishments that you find significant, important, or meaningful in some way. Try to write down 3-5 of them. Then, examine each accomplishment and ask yourself why it sticks out to you. Chances are, this accomplishment involves a strength, moral, or value you hold dear. Knowing this will help you set better goals for yourself going forward (and in the remaining weeks of Hope Month!)

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