Five Catalysts of Hopelessness

Five Catalysts of Hopelessness

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Rose Wolfe

Founder & Owner of: The Repurposed Life

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Successful Living Writer


Photo Credits: Rose Wolfe

We all suffer from hopelessness.  Those what’s the point, who really cares, whatever I do won’t matter thoughts can drag you into an Eeyore existence without notice.  One moment, you are making plans and whistling a tune, then, bam, the next moment, you are moping around.

This emotional roller coaster of life begins the moment we enter this world.  Although those with chronic illness have a slew of additional weights (pain, limitation, physical and emotional distress).  If we are not careful to watch what words are floating around in our minds, we can lose hope.  What happens in those moments when we move from hopeful to hopeless?

Recognizing the catalysts of hopelessness could help to alleviate the depression, and maybe, we will move quickly from hopelessness to hopeful.

  1. Some People Are Hope Killers

    You know who they are.  These spewers of hateful messages.  They love to find fault in you and the world  Underlying their crushing message is the motive to oppress you.  Their desire is to keep you contained, controlled, and powerless.  If you can’t avoid them, restrict their influence on you.  Refuse to believe what they say.  Toss their garbage out.

  2. Feelings of Alienation

    Do you feel disconnected, alone, unwanted?  Maybe you are struggling with feeling unworthy of love, care, and support.  These emotions can drive you to withdraw which, in turn, will exacerbate the situation even further.

  3. Having No Goals

    Having a purpose-driven life can keep you from falling into the trap of feeling afloat. Every person has abilities. Often, the tendency to compare one set of unique attributes with another person’s can lead to feelings of inadequacy. Honestly, every person can be a gift to someone else. If you set out every day to encourage, love, and help others, you will find hope. For in the process of reaching others, you are giving them hope. And, hope is contagious. You will catch some for yourself along the way.

  4. Feeling Restricted

    When we feel incapable or unable, we focus on all that we cannot do. This is especially the case for those with limited opportunities due to poverty, learning disabilities, and physical handicaps.  You cannot change many things about your life, but you can change your mindset.  Rather than focus on what you cannot do, focus on what you can do.  And, you will find, you can do a lot.

  5. Feeling Trapped

    This overwhelming sense of doom is one of the strongest drivers to feeling hopeless. If you find yourself facing serious financial problems, life-threatening illness, or chronic illness or pain, hopelessness can settle in for the long term.

The complexities of mind-spirit-body dynamics are often ignored.  We are driven by our beliefs, thoughts, and emotions. Our desire to control our lives can be so strong that we harm ourselves. We hold our opinions too strongly. Our grip on our reality refuses to consider other possibilities. Examining your thoughts and replacing negative conclusions with positive attitudes can be one of the most productive habits you adopt.

Our mind is very powerful, and we ignore the talents of our spirit.  Every thing that you can see, touch, smell, feel is temporary.  Your spirit is waiting to respond to your command.  Let yourself move beyond the physical world.  Take the opportunity to adjust to your new reality.  Don’t cope, hope.

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.  (2 Cor. 4:16)

Article Credits: Rose Wolfe

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor

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41 thoughts on “Five Catalysts of Hopelessness”

  1. I completely concur with your 5 catalysts of hopelessness.

    As someone who’s experienced them all, and learnt to find gratitude with time for the lessons learned, I can say that these are all very difficult to live with.

    Thanks for sharing,


  2. I felt very touched by your post. I actually really needed to read something like this today. It ‘s taken me quite a big to recognise the root to my hopelessness, but I am getting there!

    I am quite new here on wordpress, but you’ve earned a new follower!

  3. Thank you so much for writing this. Personally I’ve found that #1 is the hardest part to deal with. It’s the outside influence. That thing that’s hard to deal with because it’s not completely under your control.

    Also, I really love the painting at the beginning of the post. It’s very beautiful.

  4. this was an awesome post, so helpful! my favorite part is this one: “Rather than focus on what you cannot do, focus on what you can do. And, you will find, you can do a lot.” because i “punish” myself a lot for not knowing more. thank you for giving me hope. <3

  5. Very insightful. I always love when I see people spreading the message of changing our inner habits, because it’s something anyone can do. Most of us can recognize when we’re being negative and try to shift perspective. Thank you for the good read!

  6. I find that when I am the most down, it is my own attitude/thoughts that have caused the most problems. I am working hard not to be so negative because I know that really you reap what you sow. How can positive things happen if you are filled with negativity?

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