By: Nancy Grimes
In 2016, instead of making decisions or setting goals based on how others expect us to perform, we need to set our own expectations of how we believe we CAN perform. Expectations have a powerful impact on whether we fulfill them in a positive or negative fashion. If we express expectations in terms of doubt or with a lack of confidence it creates skepticism and it will have a direct bearing on the results we will see. If you believe in yourself, exude confidence, and really expect to meet your goals, then the results will be different and you will be more apt to succeed…despite those around us, the nay-sayers or the world economy.
We don’t have to buy in to what the economic predictors say. As a matter of fact, numerous studies have been done on the Rule of Expectations and how they dramatically affect our personal performance. The Rule of Expectations can also be used to change what other people’s expectations are of “us”. When we get others to believe in us, it creates an atmosphere where it actually becomes easier to succeed. Using expectations, we can create immediate reactions. We can use expectations to create First Impression Expectations, Time Expectations, Reputation Expectations and Behavioral Expectations.
Tying our goals and our actual expectations together is really the cornerstone of helping make our goals become reality. Many people do not like to set goals. They are like New Year’s resolutions and many people actually cringe at the thought! In years past, they might have set them but more often than not, they were quickly broken. The fact of the matter is that goal setting really works. It puts into action the Rule of Expectations and in of itself helps the person increase his/ her personal performance and increases future expectations of themselves.
Visualization is another powerful aspect of helping us reach our goals. When we set the expectation of what we want to become, then we visualize ourselves reaching those goals and the end game becomes more tangible. Goals are powerful in that they inspire us to stretch and reach beyond our past standards of performance. They actually help us increase personal performance. So instead of merely having repetitions of previous goals, and in order to personally achieve more, we have to start by examining what expectations we truly have of ourselves. Then we can begin changing our own expectations, how others perceive us, and the environment around us. Ultimately, these tips will help us with our performance expectations.