Hope: The belief in the chance of realizing your desire. It is about whether you can realize your desires regardless of whether you will.
I apologize for starting my description of the gift that is Hope with an explanation of its Shadow. But in writing this I discovered that my explanations referenced the Shadow to explain the other aspects and thus an understanding of the Shadow seemed necessary as a foundation for understanding all other attributes.
The Shadow of Hope
Like all things, Hope has a Shadow side, a place where abused it becomes an excuse for stagnancy; expectation and arrogant confidence are shadows of Hope. Similar to the word try, which is an excuse to fail, Hope is abused when it is used as an excuse to not act. There is no such thing as too much Hope or Hope that is too great, its attributes are in the way in which it is used. When it is used to ignore evidence, reason or probability, beware; perhaps you are confusing it with Faith, which is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 1:11)