Several weeks ago, while watching CNN, I noticed a reference to a “Fear Index” on the scrolling headlines at the bottom of the screen.

Fear Index?  Yep.  It is the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), which is a daily measure of stock market volatility.  The higher it goes the more investors fear that the economy will continue to be unpredictable and continue to struggle.

While I do not know what all goes into it, I suspect that it includes things like wild swings in the stock market (especially when it plunges, as it did today); the struggling European economies; various economic indicators like inflation, unemployment figures and the like; and the economic impact of natural and manmade disasters.

One of the principles upon which The Power of TED* is based is the notion that what we focus on tends to manifest or, at least, increase.  If we focus on problems, we find more problems.  If we envision outcomes, we move toward creating them.  If we move through our experience from a Victim Orientation, we foster the Dreaded Drama Triangle (DDT).  If we live from a Creator Orientation, we cultivate TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic).

Rather than follow the Fear Index of VIX, let’s create a Hope Index (shall we label it HIX?) and put our energy into that.  Let’s look for signs that there is hope and possibility and civility and an increasing capacity within humanity to create envisioned outcomes.

What would be our evidence?  What could be our measures?  What sorts of good news would feed the HIX?

One example of evidence to increase the Hope Index that comes to mind is the subject of the last “TED* Thoughts” blog – how many younger people are “living on purpose” (as well as many, many people of all ages).

I’d love to hear your thoughts and recommendations on what factors might make up – and help increase – our Hope Index!