I hate the word "hope." It is a one word platitude. All to often I hear my students say: "I hope I graduate." "I hope pass your class." "I hope I don't get in trouble so won't be grounded this weekend."
The same goes for adults. Specifically when it comes to learning a new interest, such as photography. "I hope I get better." "I hope I can get out and shoot this weekend." "I hope that was in focus."
"Hope" is a passive word. You sit around and hope something happens, or hope something will be alright. It's a lazy word. You give up all control and self responsibility when you hope for something. To easily the word hope can be used as an excuse. You hoped for it, but it didn't happen. Oh well, maybe next time. Blah.
Now there's a word.
"Do" is aggressive. It's active. You're in the driver's seat.
"I'm going to DO this workshop this weekend to improve my skills." "I'm going to DO a shoot this weekend at (where ever)." "I'm going to DO manual focus practice so I know I'll be focused when I do my shoot."
"Do" is empowering. "Do" puts you in control. No excuses. No buck to pass when it doesn't happen. The accountability is on you.
Which is why I think people hope so much. To often it seems people are afraid of failure. Afraid to take responsibility. That way if something doesn't go right they're not the one to blame.
This goes back to a blog post I wrote last year "own it." So what if you failed? Own it. Do it next time. Experience is something you gain immediately after you needed it. So it'll be there the next time.
There's a reason Nike's famous ad campaign line as lasted so long: "Just do it." You get results. You make things happen. You create. You're in control. So take it.