Would you choose Belief over Hope?

Would you choose Belief over Hope?

Countless times I have heard a phrase start with… “I hope that….”

Something to me didn’t seem or better yet, feel right about this certain way of thinking. Hope is the last ditch call when everything else has failed and circumstances are now out of your control. Why settle for hope when you can have belief. Already you may be disagreeing with me. That’s cool, I hope you do, otherwise life would be boring if we all got along.

Ok, I’m not talking about situations which you cannot control in the sense of natural disasters, alien invasions, incurable illness and so on… I’m talking situations that are more in your control than you think. The game you have coming up, the job interview you just had, the promotion you want & the goals you aspire to.

Here is the the definition of both:
Hope is the belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one’s life.
Belief is the psychological state in which an individual holds a proposition or premise to be true.

Could you tell the difference in both? Well to me the ‘psychological state’ is the importance in how you perceive the situation, your mental state and approach. Why settle for hoping for something when you can believe in it with a burning desire. There is something quite strange and paranormal about this state of mind, don’t just take my word for it, research the sporting greats. They all believe in the outcome before it has happened. Yeah I know you’ve heard this before, but if you have then why are you still hoping for that one thing to change. If you believed from the start you would not be hoping now and it’s quite ironic that the definition of hope above has the word ‘belief’ in it.

So lately I wrote my new mission statement (straight from the teachings of Stephen Covey – legend) which came from the basis writings of my principles. I’ve had it in my head for a while so I’ve been visualising the outcome for some time. Funny thing is, what I wanted actually came true, the job I’m aiming to required a career diversion and I now have that opportunity. Not from wishing, hope or luck, but from hard work, faith and belief.

Look I’m not hope bashing, It’s not like I don’t ‘believe’ in it (ok lame joke), I have wished on it may a time. It does not seem like a happy place to end up, but there is a choice and I choose belief.

“Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.” Gail Devers

For those who hold on to hope and hate me for going against it, before you unleash a tyrant or criticism I suggest you look up the meaning of ‘faith’ in Wiki. And faith is something I have belief in strongly.

Jay Karsandas is a freelance designer in web, SEO, print and social media and writes about design, inspiration & philosohy. Also co-founder of gadgets and tech site mwoblog, while you can find him over at e2 community where he acts as author and webmaster.


  1. May 30th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    I believe.

  2. Kru

    May 31st, 2011 at 9:41 am

    I agree with you. I believe.

    From my understanding, and what I have seen in others, hope is what you do when you don’t want to do anything to reach a certain outcome. Whereas believe is what you do when you work to reach a certain outcome.

    When you believe, it is something that you are aware of, you know deep within yourself that the outcome will transpire. With hope, its like clutching at straws.

  3. Jay

    June 1st, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Believe it to be true. Have the conviction and something will happen. It’s kinda freaky :)

  4. lobotomatic

    June 8th, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Comment via Reddit

    My mantra, “Hope for the best, expect the worst.”
    Let me elaborate: Hope is a necessary aspect to everyday life. Without Hope life is meaningless. And I don’t mean pragmatic, practical, biological meaning. I mean existential, metaphysical meaning – purpose.

    What many modern philosophers either fail or refuse to take into account is that Humans are fundamentally ignorant witnesses to a universe that is mute and indifferent to their existence. We have historically filled that void with superstition, spirituality, myth-making, and culture. It seems the goal of the modern philosophers is, at times, to strip all that away in search of something that, ironically enough, they themselves insist is not there – meaning and purpose.

  5. Philiatrist

    June 8th, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Comment via Reddit

    Hope is the belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one’s life.
    Could someone elaborate? I’m confused on the word choice here, cause it would seem to imply that hope is belief, just with the added stipulation of it being a positive outcome rather than any proposition. My next thought was that hope would be a form of faith, and what the author meant to say was faith, but the author then defends faith as great, but hope as still undesirable. If hope is not belief or faith, where does it lie?

  6. Jay

    June 8th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Greats comments guys I hope my post made for a good discussion. I did state at the end that faith has both hope and belief in it and that I do have plenty of faith.

    I havn’t said I don’t go for hope, but that I have a stronger sense towards having belief that something will happen than hoping it will happen. To me personally there is a difference and to others not. but this is what makes us different. I would never want anyone to lose their hope, as in many instances this is needed. I just tend to see that sometimes people could believe in the change they want a little more. This is my perception from my own world.

    @lobotomatic Love the way you write. I hope your an author. I’m not one for the modern philosophers, I go for the ancient ones of Aurelius and Aristotle :)

  7. Nev

    August 31st, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love”
    1 Corinthians chapter 13 verse 13

    Not too sure if you wanted a religious stance on this, but one important part of life is Love as outlined above, although faith and belief are also integral not only to strengthen your spirit but also to please God.

    “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
    Hebrews chapter 11 verse 6

    I feel very privileged to have been in a position to be exposed to the word of God which is the very foundation of my faith and has molded my beliefs.

    My hope is that everyone else gets the same opportunity!

  8. September 2nd, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Shoot, who would have thoghut that it was that easy?

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