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We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.
-- Helen Keller


Friday, September 27, 1996

Expect the best

It is a funny thing about life; if you
refuse to accept anything but the best,
you very often get it!
             -- Somerset Maugham

Expect the best of yourself. Your expectations determine your attitude, and your attitude determines your actions. Your actions, in turn, determine your results. When you expect to be a winner, you act like a winner. When you act like a winner, you are a winner.

Expect the best of others. What you expect of other people will determine how you relate to them. And the way you relate to them will determine how they relate to you. When people know what you expect of them, they rarely let you down. So make sure you communicate your sincere, positive expectations.

Expect the best of every situation. Ask yourself, “What’s good about this? What can I learn? How can this help me to grow? How can I use this to add value to my own life and the lives of others?” When you look for the positive, you’ll find it.

Expect the best every day. Look at each day as an opportunity to improve yourself and the world around you. Expect to prosper. Expect opportunity. Expect fulfillment. Expect the best that life has to offer, and then delight in living your expectations.

— Ralph Marston

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