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We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.
-- Martin Luther King


Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Raising your expectations

What you get comes from what you expect. If you’re not getting what you desire, raise your expectations.

Raising your expectations does not mean merely increasing their size and scope. It means more accurately aligning them with what’s true, what’s real and what’s possible.

For example, expecting to get something for nothing is a low level expectation. Expecting an opportunity to earn what you desire is a more realistic, higher level expectation.

Though their influence does extend beyond you, your expectations are primarily centered on what you expect from yourself. When you raise your expectations you challenge yourself to live more purposefully, more richly.

You embrace responsibility for your own outcomes. You position yourself in accordance with your expectations and then act to fulfill them.

Much more than just a wish list, your expectations embed themselves deeply in all you do, in all you are. Raise those expectations, and then rise to the challenges those new expectations set forth.

— Ralph Marston

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