There are two types of hope in my experience. The first is the hope that good fortune comes to us as we wait patiently. The second type is the hope that the storm breaks so our current expedition is not delayed. One is passive and one is active. Hope of winning the lottery has little to do with the application of our talents. Hope that our deliberate and enduring efforts result in a positive outcome is active. Our Theory of Change can easily be hijacked by passive hope. Hope our enterprise turns into an unicorn and results in an IPO, hope we receive an unanticipated bequest, hope that the newest class of board members is energized beyond measure, or hope that a positive profile of our cause appears on the front page of the paper. There is little those who support us can do to add fuel to our journey when we are passive. However, when we are headed somewhere remarkable there are all sorts of opportunities to clear the path. Our tribe can assemble their resources to provide aid and support, even if the horizon is only visible through sporadic glimpses among the trees.
What version of hope are you relying on?