How To Have Hope For The Future

10 Quotes That Will Help You Look Forward To Tomorrow

Mandy Chew
Aug 7, 2017 · 7 min read
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In this day and age, it’s easy to be scared by the future. Cropping up in the news, politics, and in our community are stories that make our stomach’s turn.

Real life. On a daily basis.

It can be pretty dark.

More and more we need positivity to boost our spirits, to remind us that there’s hope out there…

Happiness is just as abundant as fear. We just need little reminders to help us to realize this!

More Shots of Positive

I recently did a poll on Twitter to find out what positive resources people wanted more of…

The winner?

Positive Quotes!

Quotes are a fantastic resource for positivity because they can capture so much — the future, a story, a lifetime- all within a few sentences! The good ones grab us, brightening even the darkest corners of our mind…

They’re quick. They’re efficient. They’re like taking a vitamin for our soul.

I often like to refer to them as BobTBob (stay with me here, promise I’m not crazy…)

These letters are an acronym for a phrase I invented:

Blurbs of Bliss To Bring out Beauty

(Notice it’s a palindrome? One of Jonathan Chew and my favorite things in the world)

In order to create a beautiful future we have to be present, learning from the past and looking forward to the future. That’s why I love reminding myself of this particular concept in terms of a palindrome, something that mirrors itself backwards and forwards.

Top 10 Positive Ideas/Quotes About The Future

Here are some of my favorite BobTBob in regards to creating the brightest most amazing future possible…

10) See Where You Are, Wonder How To Make It Better…

“To be a futurist, in pursuit of improving reality, is not to have your face continually turned upstream, waiting for the future to come. To improve reality is to clearly see where you are, and then wonder how to make that better.” — Warren Ellis

In order to create the future, we need to be present. We need to understand the past, how it affects today, and move forward to make continual improvements along the way.

9) Allow Hope (Not Hurt) To Shape Your Memories…

“Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.” —Robert H. Schuller

It’s easy to get sad about the past. The past has a finality to it. It’s something we can’t change (unless we invent some sort of time travel that can combat this one day) For now, everything we do in the past is done forever. And often that is painful to experience. But instead of focusing on what we’ve lost we can focus on what there is to gain.

Hope is so much brighter than hurt.

8) Refuse To Live Backwards. Tell a New Story…

“Don’t allow yourself to wake up with yesterday’s issues troubling your mind. Refuse to live backwards, see everyday as a new chapter” — unknown

Jean Valjean is one of my favorite literary characters of all time. In the story Les Miserables, Jean Valjean constantly struggles with the idea of refusing to live backwards. After going to prison for 19 years, stealing from those who show him the utmost kindness, and various other mistakes, he becomes mayor, raises a beautiful child, saves the lives of others, and more. He is a character that proves redemption is always possible, that humans can change their destiny, and that tomorrow does not have to equal yesterday.

7) Not Knowing The Future Is A Gift. Savor The Surprise…

“Would you like to know your future? If your answer is yes, think again. Not knowing is the greatest life motivator. So enjoy, endure, survive each moment as it comes to you in its proper sequence — a surprise.” — Vera Nazarian

There’s a great time travel story where a young girl goes back in time and meets her grandfather. She tells him all about their many adventures involving him and her beloved grandmother! When he asks the name of this future grandmother, the young girl tells him. He jumps with glee…he has a first date with that exact woman tonight!

At the date the man tells this woman that he just met their future granddaughter! He then tells her all the stories and adventures they will have. The woman smiles, gets up to leave, and never talks to the man again, thinking him crazy.

I often think if someone came to us and told us our future we would have the same reaction.

After all, it’s much more fun to see what comes, rather than getting told our destiny.

6) Change Your Mind To Change Tomorrow…

“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude” — Oprah

Tony Robbins often says our mind is like an amazing super computer with power to do anything! The only trouble? It comes with literally no instructions. As a result we rely on society to tell us what our brain can and can’t do. Most of the time, this means the blind are just leading the blind…

Our brain has the ability to change our lives. If we can master our minds by rewiring our pathways and responses through positive conditioning we can use our mind for good rather than letting our minds use us for bad.

5) Build a Future IN Our Youth, Rather than FOR them…

“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

It doesn’t matter what kind of future we create if no one is there to cultivate it. It’s easy to forget that sometimes the most powerful future lies not in an idea or ideal but in the form of a child, in the hands of the next generation.

4) Today is a Present. Literally…

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, which is why we call it the present.”

So I totally had to be corrected on the fact that this quote did not originate from an animated children’s movie (the first time I heard it was while watching Kung Fu Panda and thought it was a quote that belonged solely to Master Oogway. When I mentioned this to my husband he smiled and told me that wasn’t the full truth…)

Apparently, it’s been around for quite sometime. Though there’s still some disagreement of who actually originated the quote, there’s a great addition to it in written in a book by Alice Morse Earle in 1902,

“The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.”

My husband, Jonathan Chew, likes to refer to giving in the form of 4 T’s

Treasure. Talents. Thanks. Time.

If we don’t feel like we can give money or service from our skills to others, we can always give our time. Even when we’re not feeling grateful in life, we can always turn that around by giving time to the people we love. We all share the same amount of time in each day. It’s what we do with it that makes it count.

I think the best way to spend and savor time is to share it with others.

Today is a gift.

3) Tomorrow Can Be Anything…

“It’s amazing how a little tomorrow can make up for a whole lot of yesterday.” — John Guare

Ooo I just…like this quote. A lot!

I like the way it’s phrased and I like how it inspires me to dream of a beautiful tomorrow. To me, this quote radiates hope. Hope for the future. Hope for a better me.

…Hope for just a little bit of tomorrow that can make a whole lot of change for the better

2) Create a Map To Get There…

“We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.” — R. Buckminster Fuller

Yes and YES!

Creating the future takes time. Quite literally. But like any good architect, we can carefully map out and plan what we want the world to look like around us.

If we use our time for good, if we nurture, cultivate, and create more positivity in this world I think we can create a future we’re proud to live in.

The best kind of creations require careful planning. We can blueprint the future and start implementing and spreading those ideas daily.

1) Create It To Predict It…

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” — Peter Drucker

You may have run into this quote before, I know I have. But I think the reason it’s so popular is because it really hits on a deep internal truth: we have the power to create the future we want to live in.

I know it’s a dark and depressing world out there sometimes. But I also know humanity has a brightness to it that can outshine anything in this world.

Our mind is SO powerful, and that’s really where the future starts…

I know positive quotes are just a small drop in the positivity bucket that can create the future. But I also know I like to constantly fill my head with the inspirational insights that can help turn thoughts into realities.

The great part about the future is that we really get decide what it looks like!

So let’s make it a good one!

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Do you have any more BobTBob quotes about the Future or Life? I’d love to read them in the comments below!! 👏

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Mandy Chew

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I am a woman on a mission to seize life by the toes and always "Chews" Joy in life! You can follow more of my musings at or @mandydchew

A network of business & tech podcasts designed to accelerate learning. Selected as “Best of 2018” by Apple.

Mandy Chew

Written by

I am a woman on a mission to seize life by the toes and always "Chews" Joy in life! You can follow more of my musings at or @mandydchew

A network of business & tech podcasts designed to accelerate learning. Selected as “Best of 2018” by Apple.

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