Expectations. We all have them. We have had them since we were young. Some people have Great Expectations. Others have small expectations. Some people even have no expectations. Regardless of what category you fall into, the fact is that a majority of us have imagined that certain things would have happened by now in our lives.
If you are a fan of personal development or professional growth, then think about all of the expectations you have in those two areas. Have some of them come to fruition? I would venture to say that for a lot of us, the expectations we once had have not played out as we have expected- which is a problem when you are someone who has GREAT EXPECTATIONS.
The challenge with expectations, in general, is that if it does not look exactly as you envisioned, then you run the risk of being upset, disappointed, and mad. Moreover, if you have great expectations and it does not look exactly you envisioned, then you become even more distraught because it was supposed to unfold the exact way you imagined.
So what do you do when you still have expectations and work hard each and every day to make them happen?
Do you keep pushing hoping that one day it will unfold the exact way you imagine- or do you alter your expectations?
People with powerful imaginations sometimes have the GREATEST EXPECTATIONS and also experience some of the worse pitfalls because the result of the expectation is not delivered in accordance with their lifestyle, circumstance, or situation.
Either you are like this or you know someone who is. The best way to overcome this is to first reduce the number of expectations you place on yourself and others.
Then, slowly work towards just the concept of progressing versus achieving. For when you focus on achieving, you devise expectations that may disappoint you.
But, when you focus on progress, once you move forward, you will be able to look back and see measurable results. This adds validity that you reached the goal and also diminishes the disappointment of that Great Expectation.