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Paula Davis-Laack, stress and resilience expert and consultant
"When you're reeling during a big change, get your worst- and best-case scenarios down on paper. Doing so helps you see the situation more clearly and develop a plan. Also, do all you can to preserve hope. What does that mean? Well, hopeful people share four core beliefs: First, they believe their future will be better than their present. Second, they believe they have the power to direct how their life unfolds. Third, they realize there are many paths to their goals. And fourth, hopeful people know there will be obstacles—but they believe in their ability to overcome them."