Posted November 3, 2022 by Mark Perna
Episode Title: Hope and Purpose
Hope by itself is not a tactic—but pair it with purpose, and it’s unstoppable. Let’s talk about what this means, next on The Perna Syndicate.
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Welcome to The Perna Syndicate today! “Hope” is such an inspirational word. We all want to live with hope, to look forward to a better future. I’d even say that hope is essential to the human psyche. We need it; it keeps us looking up.
But hope by itself is not a tactic to get us where we want to go. We can’t just say, “I’ll do such-and-such and just blindly hope it works out the way I want.” That kind of hope is more like wishful thinking. Maybe it’ll pan out, maybe not. I hope?
But hope can be practical when it’s paired with purpose. I say it all the time in my speeches: hope is not a tactic, but purpose is. Put them together and you have a dynamic mindset that can actually help you achieve what you want to achieve.
Applying this concept to young people today: how many of them are basing their future on an uncertain hope that maybe it will all work out, somehow? How many are wishfully thinking that if they go to college, a great job will magically appear at the end of that road? How many are stepping forward blindly?
We need to counsel kids to plan clear action steps that will lead them to their desired outcome, rather than just hoping it will all turn out ok in the end. When we help them answer their own why, purpose will result—and hope, real hope, won’t be far behind.
Tomorrow: what’s the end game for connecting, engaging, and answering why every day for these young people? On the next episode of The Perna Syndicate, we’ll step back and look at the bigger picture. See you then!