Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Hope, Belief, Accomplishment

When measuring results against aspirations, what becomes somewhat obvious is that besides action two critical elements are hope and belief.

This will, I think, surprise many who would seek measure that ability to improve and accomplish things. The idea that something as ethereal as hope or belief is a critical part of accomplishment may seem counterintuitive.  It is not something that can be easily measured or programmed into a planner or mapped out into a series of actions.

Why, then, are they critical?

Hope is the knowledge that something is possible, that something better than what is currently in existence can be made or created.  Without hope, there is ultimately no ability to believe - after all, what is one believing in except that which already is?  And without hope, any attempt at accomplishment will eventually succumb, because all the effort will be seen as plunging into a vacuum which can never offer a return.

Belief is the understanding that one can do what one has set out to do.  It is the acceptance as fact that the thing is going to be done.  It has been called "psycho-cybernetics" or "visualization" or "pictures of what you want in your planner" but it all has the same end:  the firm understanding within the heart and mind that the possible will become the concrete.  Without belief, one's actions tend to wander and be dispersed because one does not believe that the thing can be accomplished -putting action into something that one does not believe one can do will rob the activity of the fuel that makes it possible to persevere in the cold dark of wasted effort.

I write this out of the hard coin of experience: what I hoped I could do and believed I could do always got accomplished.  That which I had little actual hope in or any belief that I could do it always eventually grinds to a halt or gets lost in a series useless actions that I seem to try repeat over and over - getting the same result every time.

One thing that is also important is that this hope and belief cannot be based on the idea that help will come from others.  Oh, help will undoubtedly come from others, sometimes in the most unlooked for and strangest of ways - just as obstacles will also come in the same way.  And counting on others to generate that hope or belief will pass the power of accomplishment outside of one's control, often dooming the effort to ultimate failure.  If we cannot fuel the actions needed to succeed in the hour of darkest need, our efforts will inevitably fail.

So it matters - at least to me -as I look to building next year's goals.  It is not enough to put them down on a list or even place dates next to them.  Do I have hope in them?  Do I believe I can accomplish them?  If not, I condemn myself to another cycle of feeling like I am making progress when in fact I am accomplishing very little, a sort of cyclical running in place where I desire to do much but actually accomplish very little.


LindaG said...

This makes me think of the non-existent American Space Program. When President Kennedy gave the challenge to put a man on the moon, we did!

But did we continue? Where is the moon colony. All the space tests, all the things we could have accomplished. It would be easier to launch a ship from the moon to Mars, than from Earth to Mars.

We squandered part of Kennedy's legacy. I blame liberals for that.

Now, our astronauts get to space thanks to the Russian Space Agency.

I understand where you are coming from. Hubby has many started projects. Some I won't let him start, because he has so many he started, but has yet to finish.

Good luck, and God bless you in the New Year.

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

That is a great example, Linda. Hope and belief drove the space program. Now, not so much - although the technical challenge is a real thing. Two to four years to get anywhere worth going in the solar system is hardly going generate a great deal of excitement...

LindaG said...

My son and I were talking about that this evening while waiting for dinner to finish. With the plans they have to colonize Mars, it is almost certainly doomed to failure unless numbers change. As in the number of people to send first time out.
But since they have to launch from Earth, that number is limited. And you have to plan on 50% loss that first year on a foreign world with no hope for rescue.
And that generates the wrong kind of excitement. Kind of like Apollo 13 did. Only what, 2 more launches after that, and I don't think they even landed anyone on the moon. Why can't people be excited for things that go right?

Ah well. Have a good night. ^_^

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

It is a tough sell for sure. It probably requires a review of the space program and what we are trying to do. Perhaps we could start with the moon first?

LindaG said...

I think we should, but I'm not paying for it, haha.