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People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
 

 

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Raise your expectations

It can be tempting to lower your expectations when things are not going your way. Yet the most realistic response is not to lower your expectations, but in fact to raise them higher.

It may seem that lowering your expectations so they’re more in line with your reality would protect you from disappointment. Yet lowering your expectations is sure to bring on even more disappointment.

If you’re disappointed with the results you’re getting, it’s not because your expectations are too high. It’s because those expectations are not high enough to pull you forward.

Raise your expectations to the point where they become so meaningful and compelling that you cannot help but fulfill them. Choose those expectations that will drive you in each moment to do what must be done to reach them.

When the going gets rough, the answer is not to give up on your dreams. The answer is to grab on to those dreams, and to put them front and center in your life.

Set your expectations high, connect solidly and consistently with them, and those expectations will give a positive, effective direction to your life. Expect the very best, and let those expectations drive you to live out your most cherished dreams.

— Ralph Marston

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