Surviving on hope

Surviving on Hope
How to harness the incredible power of hope

Why is it that some people bounce back from set backs, while others
just wither away? The secret is hope.
Hope is one of the most misunderstood of emotional forces that
you can harness if you fully understand its powers. We're not
talking blind optimism, but rather: hope, which is an openness
to accepting the possibilities.

Ultimately your survival depends on your ability to focus on
hope. When you have hope, your mind and body reacts along
with your thoughts and feelings. Hope opens the mind for
survival, making it possible.

How to harness the incredible power of
hope in survival
No matter the circumstance, you can make good things happen,
even when luck isn't on your side and here's how to train
yourself to always have hope…

#1:  Ease the burden of the mind and flow like water.
Hope begins in a pure state, without shape. You can train your
mind to be truthful and open to possibilities. Take a lesson form
Bruce Lee:

















"Empty your mind! Be formless. Shapeless. Like water.
Now you put water into the cup it becomes the cup.
You put water into a bottle  - it becomes the bottle.
You put water into a teapot - it becomes the teapot.
Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend!"

Be like water by emulating its fluidity, its force and its
formlessness.
In other words, imbibe the qualities of water. Be flexible and
calm (flow), but ready to take charge (crash). With fluidity you
can adapt a strategy for survival at the right time, almost
without thinking.

“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be
assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way
around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward
things will disclose themselves."   — Bruce Lee.

If you want to survive, be like water my prepper friend. It is the
first step to hope. In so doing, you are freeing your mind from
the burdens, so you can find resolution. It is only when you are
like water and in a pure state that you can begin to see and
believe in the possibilities.

#2: Make a choice. Just DECIDE!
Only with hope can you look at reality and arrive at a solution.
Rather than to accept the dim fate, decide to accept
possibilities. Make a choice and decide to ignore reality.

Will Smith once said, "There is a redemptive power that making
a choice has rather than feeling that you're at effect to all the
things that are happening. Make a CHOICE! You just decide:
what it's going to be, who you're going to be and how you're
going to do it and from that point the universe is going to get
out of your way, it's like water. It wants to move and get around
stuff."

In interviews Will Smith has repeated the theme, which can also
apply to survival. He said that "Being realistic is the most
common road to mediocrity. Why would you be realistic? What's
the point of being realistic? It’s unrealistic to walk in a room,
flip a switch and have the lights come on. That’s unrealistic –
fortunately Thomas Edison didn’t think so. It’s unrealistic to
think you’re going to bend a piece of metal and fly people over
an ocean in a tube of metal. That’s unrealistic  –  but
fortunately the Wright Brothers didn’t believe that."  — Will
Smith.

#3: Believe and accept the possibilities.
You must be the first to believe.

  • “The man who thinks he can and the man who thinks he
    can't are both right." — Confucius

  • "The first step before anybody else in the world believes it
    is that you have to believe it." — Will Smith.




















Always believe in possibilities. Just believe it is so! Put your
mental imagery and energy into believing in possibilities, even
when the physical world around you is deceiving you with a
harsh reality. Open the doors to let good things flow to you.

Someone who is hopeless is concentrating only on the misery,
and this misery breeds company of more misery. Rigid and
inflexible, such a person accepts death as a fate only because
they are not like water. They are not finding a way to flow with
life. Energy flows where attention goes. This is a law of
attraction that can work for you in a survival situation. Put your
energy into hope.

#4: Never quit. Never stop having hope. Have the
will to survive!
Hope helps give the will to survive. Lacking hope leads only to
fear, anxiety and despair and death. When you have a genuine
belief in yourself and your abilities, you are underway to
surviving! Many survival experts and others agree:

  • In his book, Hawke's Special Forces Survival Handbook,
    pictured immediate right, Mykel Hawke says "When you lack
    everything but misery, you are surviving."

  • Emily Dickinson wrote, "Hope is the thing with feathers that
    perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words
    and never stops at all."

  • "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!"
    - Audrey Hepburn

When the world says to give up, hope whispers: try it one
more time!
Hope is essential to your survival whatever tomorrow may bring
- a job loss, a serious illness, a home foreclosure, a divorce, or
a devastating blow to the power grid. Let hope empower you in
your survival plans!

Hope is an emotional tool for survival that costs nothing but an
unwavering commitment to it. Ancient Greeks thought hope
essential to life and yet many interpretations of Greek
mythology seem to disguise hope as an evil and there's much
intense debate as to why pandora's box (technically a jar)
contained only hope after all the evil had escaped.

To hope is to anticipate consequences and think of future
possibilities:

  • "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
    The important thing is not to stop questioning." Albert
    Einstein

  • "I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the
    brightest. I do not judge the universe." Dalai Lama

  • "We have always held to the hope, the belief, the
    conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond
    the horizon." Franklin D. Roosevelt

  • Hope: it is the only thing stronger than fear!

Preppers hope for the best and prepare for the worst. Remember
this pledge to yourself should you ever be faced with
challenging times.

Happy endings...
Hope can energize and mobilize! Having hope is like having a
zest for life. Be like Walt Disney who once said, "In bad times
and good, I have never lost my sense of zest for life."

The real proof is in the bragging rights that come with survival.
Know you can make survival happen! Always have hope.

You can control the outcomes associated with your hopes
because now you know to "Never stop fighting to make it home!"

No matter what happens, never stop fighting. Have a sense of
possible. Let hope stick to you like Velcro!

In the movie below, Matt Damon's character addresses other
astronauts and says to them this message of hope:





















"I guarantee you that at some point everything is going to
South on you and you're going to say, "this is it. This is how I
end. Now you can either accept that or you can get to work."

Happy endings...
The happiest of endings is up to you. It's simple: Flow like
water. Decide. Accept the possibilities. Never quit. Get to work!
Always have hope!

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    for survival. Know the survival psychology you need to
    make it through. You can survive on hope!


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