Hope, Tikva is a very passive thing to do.
I generally don’t recommend using it much.
When you have the power to change things, what’s the point of hope? Just use your power to change things.
When you don’t have the power to change things, what’s the point of hope? Maybe to act as an impetus to pray (see post on “pray”). But then again, that means you do have the power to change things? Through prayer, not through physical agency. But pray, don’t hope.
And hope is an awful thing to factor into your plans. E.g. “I have to be at work at 9am. I hope I will get all green lights and zero traffic jams, so I will leave home at 8:50am.” Good luck with your “hope”.
Obviously the word has a strong positive connotation. I don’t mean to spoil the party around such a popular member of the dictionary. Obviously there are ways to view the word with more positives.
Just be careful.
When you think about your hopes for a good year, turn the hope into prayer and/or action.
Let’s make this two-way: If you have any thoughts to share, please comment on the site.