Expect With Confidence!
Often our expectations are based on the assumptions we have about people or groups of people. The same is true of us. Have you ever noticed how your expectations become reality in your personal life? Expectation is literally a self- full filling prophecy. We do this consciously and subconsciously. Remember the kid in grade school who was always really rowdy and disruptive? Sometimes if people already assume they are perceived a certain way, then that is indeed exactly how they will act, even if they don’t mean to. The rowdy kid in grade school knew everyone perceived him as disruptive, and so he was. The teacher expected bad behavior, and the expectations were full filled.
Consider the profound impact this can have in your own life. Are the assumptions and expectations you have about yourself liberating or victimizing? There are countless examples of “self- full filling prophecies,” or the Law of Expectations at work in everyday life. Ever notice how people who think they’re going to be red suddenly experience a drop in the quality and enthusiasm for their work? Then what happens? They get red! Their belief causes them to act a certain way, and those expectations then work to bring about the very thing that at first was only a figment of their imagination.