Hope is Not a Plan


I was stopped dead in my tracks. I was talking to one of my best friends yesterday when he uttered those five simple words. We were talking about a project he’s working on and what his timeline for it is.

“Well…” he said, “I’m hoping to…”

His voice trailed off as he stopped mid-sentence.

“No,” he continued, “…’hope’ is not a plan.”

Whoa! My mind. Was. Blown.

I couldn’t speak. Honestly, I couldn’t even track with what he was saying after that. I was so mesmerized by his words.

Hope is not a plan.

How many of you have hoped for something but not planned for it? I know I’m guilty of it.

Have you ever planted a garden and simply hoped it would grow? Of course not! You planted your seeds, watered them daily, weeded as necessary. You had a plan, and in the end, you had food to eat.

Thinking about chronic pain, are you simply “hoping” to be pain free? Or do you have an actual plan to get pain free?

Whether you’re wanting to be pain free, grow a garden, get a better job, or read 12 new books each year, you have to have a plan. Without a plan, you’ll simply be hoping for change.

QUESTION: So…which is it? Are you “hoping” or planning