Regardless of whether we set our own expectations or someone else sets them for us, the expectations placed upon us can either motivate or discourage us. It depends on whether we meet them or not, right?! When thinking about the expectations you have for your career, your relationships, or other areas of your life, keep in mind that the source and the essence of these expectations plays a role in how you feel about your success. With that in mind, let’s dig a little deeper.
Here we go….
Where do your expectations come from? Have you set them yourself or have you accepted them from someone else?
First, think about those you have set for yourself. How realistic are they? Are they a source of motivation or do you use them to beat yourself up? What would a motivating expectation look like for you? How can you rewrite your own expectations so that you aren’t letting yourself down?
And for those expectations that have been given to you, have you accepted them freely or are they being imposed on you? Those being imposed by someone other than your employer should be accepted or let go. For those being accepted by you, how can you make them your own? This will help make them motivators for you.
Finally, examine your relationships and be sure that you aren’t imposing your own expectations on someone else unnecessarily. Your relationship will benefit from it.
I expect to take a long, relaxing weekend. I hope you do as well! Enjoy every last moment of summer.