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He only profits from praise who values criticism.
-- Heinrich Heine
 

 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Benefit from positive expectation

When people know you expect the worst of them, they will usually act according to those expectations. When you expect the best of people, and they’re aware of it, they’ll generally do what they can to live up to those expectations.

Sure, some people will disappoint you and others will pleasantly surprise you. For the most part, though, your interactions are heavily flavored by what you bring to them.

Because of that, you can make an enormous positive difference in your own life and the lives of others just by virtue of what you expect. Expect a better day, a better situation, better results, a better world, and you’ll begin to make that better world.

Even if you try, you cannot fully hide your expectations. They’re shouted to the world through your body language, your tone of voice, your choice of words, and countless other factors.

So go ahead and give yourself the benefit of positive expectation. Expect the best of life, of the people around you, of your circumstances, of everything.

It costs you nothing to expect the best, and there’s no good reason to expect anything less. Consistently expect the best, and you’ll find yourself, and many of those around you, making it so.

— Ralph Marston

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