Enabling hope in others

Enabler of hope

There is one thing within all of us that is a powerful source of energy. That thing is hope. Hope is an amazing thing – ‘a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen’

I find myself using the word hope a heck of a lot, especially in messages to friends. I hope they’ve had a good day. I hope they soon receive the good news that they’re expecting. I hope that things work out well for them in their new job. That one four letter word is showing a good will desire for things to work out well for them. That is such a lovely thing to portray and to have portrayed to you. 

Meaning of Hope
Meaning of Hope

The audacity of hope

In President Obama’s 2004 book, The Audacity of Hope, he wrote about not just the hope of blind optimism, but the belief that things will come good, that even those far removed from great things can dream of better times, that even when someone has next to nothing, they can still have the audacity to hope and to have that belief. Powerful things to write about, and he contextualised this more in a speech that year.

“It’s the hope of slaves sitting around a fire singing freedom songs; the hope of immigrants setting out for distant shores; the hope of a young naval lieutenant bravely patrolling the Mekong Delta; the hope of a millworker’s son who dares to defy the odds; the hope of a skinny kid with a funny name who believes that America has a place for him, too. Hope in the face of difficulty. Hope in the face of uncertainty. The audacity of hope.” Barack Obama, 2004. 

The Audacity of Hope - Barack Obama
The Audacity of Hope – Barack Obama

How does this relate to normal people?

When people have hope, they have a dream. If people have a dream, they have goals and things they want to achieve. It’s very hard for people to achieve things if they have to go out and achieve things on their own. It’s a better world for us all when we go out and help others achieve what they want to achieve. It’s a better world for us all when others go out of their way to help us achieve what we want to achieve too. It’s a better world when we all become enablers for others. 

Being an enabler

Enabling and empowering people to do what they want to do is something special. Enabling opportunities and brave decision making at those opportunities for others is a powerful thing. Empowering others to believe they can make the right decisions for themselves, with the right support structure around them is a great thing. 

Here are a few essentials that I have brought together about how we can all become enablers for others: 

  • Having time for others to work out what they’d like to do for themselves.
  • Listening to what someone wants to achieve.
  • Developing and encouraging the right culture for individuals to be their true self.
  • Going out of the way to hear what someone needs to say.  
  • Committing to supporting and developing.

Sometimes being an enabler isn’t setting something up, or creating something tangible, it can be someone who listens, mentors, coaches, finds time to spend with someone, or just has that positive approach that wants the other person or persons to do well for them. 

Enabling others
Enabling others

An opportunity for us all

Hope is a massive thing. It isn’t limited to the few. There is an opportunity for us all to have hope ourselves – hope for ourselves, and hope in others too. There is an opportunity for us all to not just have hope, but to nurture that hope and to build confidence, to have the audacity of hope too.

We can all have the audacity of hope, but we can also be enablers of hope in each other and for ourselves too.  That is when things start to come together, and when hope can open up dreams, and dreams can start to come true. Now isn’t that worth hoping for?



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