What are you in expectation of? Are you expecting to have a good day? Are you expecting a particular situation to work out in your favor? Are you expecting new doors of opportunity to be opened to you?
Have you ever been surprised that you won a contest or landed a job or scored a specific score on a test? I know I have. A little uncertainty is normal but we can’t achieve long-term success while secretly believing we will fail. When we do this we are sending our minds mixed signals. We program our minds with our thoughts. Our minds are the most powerful computers on the earth thus our expectations directly affect our ability to achieve the goals we have set for ourselves.
What we focus on expands. This means that whatever we usually get what we expect to find and experience in life. The main reason that our expectations are so powerful is because our expectations are the things we focus on and give our time and attention to. Effort, energy, and confidence often result in inspiration and innovation. I believe we can succeed at whatever we put our minds to. There will be challenges and obstacles along the way but we can reach our goals.
Worry and fear are the opposite side of this coin. A little worry may help us avoid impulsive decisions or anticipate obstacles but preoccupation with worry and fear is paralyzing and will drain our energy, imagination, and motivation. Worry is a waste of time – the more time we spend worrying the less time we spend taking action. All are additional proof that programming our minds to focus on positive outcomes is essential to success.
On the journey of life:
- Get clear on your goals
- Don’t second-guess yourself
- Focus on the best case scenario instead of the worst case scenario
- Ask yourself how it can be done instead of telling yourself why it won’t work
- Devise solutions to obvious challenges
- Expect to succeed
Nicki Sanders, Chief Visionary Officer of Packaged For Success, helps both youth and adults discover their personal power, dream big, and achieve success on their own terms. Ms. Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager who holds a Master’s degree in Social Work. Ms. Sanders has over fifteen years of direct experience with diverse populations in residential, school-based, and community based agencies.
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