Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.  Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. - Helen Keller

Hope is where it all begins.  The hope for a better tomorrow.  It gives us vision.  It gives us something to pursue.  

We need it.  And the good news is it can be developed and/or improved.  It requires confidence, motivation and faith.  Meditating on all things good, giving thanks for all things good is the foundation for building hope.  Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. - Melody Beattie

What a better time to give thanks than Thanksgiving.  Begin today to consciously audibly or inaudibly list your blessings.  Make it a game.  Stay focused.  If your mind should wander, bring it back.  Give thanks for your ability to give thanks.  As you do, your hope will improve.  Your outlook will improve.  Your motivation will improve.