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Your level of disappointment is directly proportional to your level of expectation.
Managing our expectations:
We need to have expectations of ourselves and others. But unrealistic expectations, or unspoken expectations, can cause incredible disappointments in our lives. Managing our expectations will limit our disappointments in life. Managing our expectations doesn’t mean we don’t dream or pursue things in our lives. What it does mean is that we don’t allow our expectations to cause us to become discouraged and offended when things don’t work out.
Being willing to pay the price:
An unrealistic expectation could be if you’re 5’10” and want to play in the NBA. Chances are that’s not going to happen. It could, but the probability is very, very low. So, our expectations of ourselves must be in line with are you willing to pay the price to realize your expectations coming to pass? Are you willing to work hard and sacrifice, or are your expectations based on a whim?
Voicing our expectations:
We get disappointed in others at times because we expect something from someone that has never been spoken or discussed. You may hear people say, “Well, I just expected that [he or she] would [do such and such].” This only creates great disappointment. We need to voice our expectations, especially of others. It doesn’t mean they will do what we ask or expect, but at least we can know that up front.
Let’s manage our expectations realistically with wisdom and lessen our disappointments.
Just a thought,
Published on Monday, March 6, 2017 @ 9:14 PM MDT
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