‘Settling mode’ is good for easing our pain, especially when things are getting on top of us. Settling means less of a challenge. Not a bad thing, as long as expectations aren't too high.
'I'll do it when . . .' Waiting for the perfect conditions is a long wait that usually results in nothing. Action is the only thing that gets things done.
Hoping for something implies that you have no control. Whenever you have a choice, you have an element of control. And you always have a choice, which means you always have control.