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Your world is a living expression of how you are using and have used your mind.
-- Earl Nightingale


Monday, April 15, 1996

Positive Expectations

You are what you expect of yourself, what you think of yourself.

If you’re a golfer who usually shoots in the mid-90s, and you shoot a 39 on the first nine holes, then you’ll likely compensate with a lousy performance on the back nine to finish up at your usual score. If you’re salesperson earning $120,000 a year and you lose your job, chances are you’ll find another job that earns you around $120,000 a year.

Success is often hindered by nothing more than low expectations. You may have the best education, an impressive list of contacts, skills, experience and a growing market -- but if you don’t see yourself as succeeding, you won’t.

Every day, you talk to yourself more than you talk to anyone else. Your inner voice is constantly advising you and reminding you. What is it saying? Is it saying “Yes, you can do this” or is it saying “there’s no way you can do this"? The difference is crucial. And the good news it, you can change that inner voice. All it takes is a commitment to expect more of yourself. In an instant, you can change your expectations from negative to positive.

— Ralph Marston

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