Breed success with great expectations

Here are two important questions:

  1. Do you expect the best for yourself, from yourself and from everyone around you?
  2. When you have a setback, do you blame yourself and let it ruin the rest of your day, or do you ‘take it on the chin’ and figure it’s only temporary?

You probably know that you generally get what you expect. There are all sorts of reasons for this and most of them are in your subconscious. Your subconscious is great at fining a way to make what you expect to happen, happen. When it can’t, it makes sure that you interpret what does happen in a way that is in line with your expectations. And you’re probably familiar with how your subconscious totally ignores information that doesn’t fit in with your expectations and how it lets in information that does fit and even, appears to fit. The mind does a great job of making sure you’re ‘right’. It’s supposed to.

So if you’re always ‘right’ even when you’re wrong, you may as well set yourself up for success. That’s why Set high standards and expect the best is a great motto to follow.

People who expect the best, from themselves, for themselves and from the people around them, generally get the best. Here is another motto, this one from Henry Cotton, much-loved principal of my high school way back when: Mediocrity is a choice. So is excellence.

Expecting excellence does two other things. It inspires you to achieve your goals. And it helps you deal with disappointments and setbacks. When you expect the best, you can see obstacles and mistakes as abnormal and temporary – no need to blame yourself for them. You can ‘take them on the chin’ and move on.

So the thought for the week (and the rest of your life) is: Set high standards and expect the best. Or: Mediocrity is a choice. So is excellence. Take your pick.