Hope is characterized as a human strength manifested in our perceived capacities to: (a) clearly conceptualize goals (goals thinking), (b) develop the specific strategies to reach those goals (pathways thinking), and (c) initiate and sustain the motivation for using those strategies (agency thinking).
Hope is goal-directed thinking in which people perceive that they can produce routes to desired goals (pathways thinking) and the requisite motivation to use those routes (agency thinking).
Four core beliefs of hope:
“I'll find a way to get this done,” “I can do this,” and “I am not going to be stopped” are examples of hope messages. Pathways and agency thinking are stronger in high-hope individuals (as compared to low-hope people) and it is especially evident when the goals are important and when people are confronted with challenges or obstacles.
Source: C. R. Snyder, Hope Researcher.
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