Earning Hope.

Having hope changes everything. It gives you the courage to try something new. It gives you the stamina and endurance to keep working even when it seems like what you're doing isn't paying off right now.

Hope gives you a potential ending to your story.

It's a light at the end of the tunnel. The understanding that what you're going through right now, the pain and fear and struggle -- they aren't forever.

But hope isn't free. It comes at a cost.

You have to earn it. Work for it. Be in the game.

If you want to stop feeling hopeless you have to do something about it.

You have to do something different today than you've been doing every other day up to this moment.

You can't just go through the motions and look busy.

And you can't make excuses.

Hope is built on responsibility and accountability. To be hopeful, you have to believe that your deliberate actions lead to results -- good and bad.

You have to know that you can change your circumstances for the better. It has to be something deeply wired into your soul.

It's not about what other people are doing. What they're getting away with. When they seem to be luckier than you.

It's all about you.

What you can improve. What you can start. What you need to keep trying.

The negative people you need to avoid. The new skills you need to learn. The books you could be reading. The inspiration you need to find.

You already know what you should be doing. It's probably scary and impossibly unreasonable. And you don't feel like doing any of it.

Just remember -- hope is earned.

Attitude, PainStephen Palacino