I don't like hope. To me, it's like a wish. It always seems to me like it's asking someone else to magically provide the desired outcome. It's very abstract, and has no plan behind it. If there is a plan behind it, it becomes a goal. Instead of hoping for a better tomorrow, you're working for a better tomorrow.
Instead of hope, I prefer goals. Goals are concrete, and obtainable. They can be achieved through the plan established. Goals may not be achieved instantaneously, but with some time and effort, they can become achievements.
If you are hoping and/or wishing for something to happen in your life, turn that desire into a goal. Make a plan to achieve it and begin working for it. Don't just imagine the desired outcome; determine what is needed for that and DO it.