High expectations are the key to everything. Sam Walton
We tend to live up to our expectations. Earl Nightingale
Much time is expended in meeting, exceeding, or disappointing the expectations of others. We are faced with meeting or exceeding our own expectations as well. When expectations are met and especially when they are exceeded, it creates satisfaction and even happiness. When they are not met, it can cause disappointment and even anger. Meeting the expectations of others as well as for ourselves should always rank high in our priorities.
The more we have invested in creating our expectations, the more likely there is a lot of emotion riding on the outcome. The greater the expectations, the greater the joy or the disappointment created by the outcome. We really remember let downs; job offers that never came, turned down proposals, people who disappointed us and ventures proving unsuccessful. Failed expectations leave us feeling low and blue. We remember the exhilaration of expectations that came true; the accepted proposal, job offers, risks that paid off, a child being born; even our favorite team winning. There is nothing like the thrill of having something we really wanted, hoped for and even greatly expected to come through with flying colors. It is a moment of glory. There are few highs any higher or lows any lower than those resulting from the success or lack of success of something we greatly expected.
Certain memories remind us how we felt when the expectations we had of others were not met. We should remember how it hurt when we were let down. These memories should inspire us to meet or exceed the expectation others have of us. How many times have we failed to meet expectations? Oftentimes all it would have taken was something rather small, a little inconvenience, but something very important to someone else. We often do poorly when considering how the consequences of our actions or lack of actions hurts others.
As we go about day to day activities, we should be aware of expectations, both of what we expect of ourselves as well as what others expect of us. It is important to be mindful of those who count on us and perhaps are even dependent of us. We should see our self as having the highest expectations of ourselves. Every time we meet or exceed expectations; not only we will likely be doing something good for someone else; but we will always be doing something very good and worthwhile for ourselves.
Challenge: Do you believe you are living up to your potential? Do you have high expectations of yourself? Does this include holding your responsible and accountable? Are you self-motivated, focused and disciplined enough to task yourself and push yourself a little further each and every day? You may not have answered “yes” to these questions. It may well be that your answer should be “yes”. Do you need to raise your expectations?
Wisdom: Don’t lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations. Expect the best of yourself, and then do what is necessary to make it a reality. Ralph Marston
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matt. 6:33
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6
The Bible gives many teachings and examples of dedication, commitment and hard work being rewarded. It is full of principles that living a life of virtue, righteousness and doing the right things will also be rewarded. Our Heavenly Father has great expectations of us. He knows our capabilities, because he designed and made us. We must take responsibility and start managing our lives with more purpose and mission. He will help us to do so.
Prayer: Help my expectations to be compatible with your will and purpose for my life.