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Are you experiencing difficulty making changes in your life?
There is an old proverb “curiosity killed the cat.” The
meaning of this idiom is that being inquisitive about other people's affairs can
often get you into trouble.
Is that really what gets you in trouble? In reality the
answer is no. What really “killed the cat” are the expectations you
unrealistically formed about yourself, you won't let go of even though you cannot invest in, you accepted from others or was forced on you.
What are expectations?
An expectation is a strong belief that something will happen
or is likely to happen. An expectation might include an emotional attachment to
a prediction of how responsive, successful, or good, you or someone else might
be in a situation that has not happened yet.
Expectations are future projections you form, requirements
taught to you or future outcomes placed upon you, by others who you have an
emotional attachment to. Expectations are desired, looking forward to,
projected or wished accomplishments, behaviors, beliefs, loyalties, performance
or worth related to future outcomes. Expectations can motivate intentions or rob
you of your self-determination.
You create expectations for yourself (“I expect to lose 20
pounds this month.”), others (‘She should know how much I am hurting.”), and
situations (“I expect to get that job.”). If they are not fulfilled, expectations
can create very deep disappointment. The
degree of disappointment or hurt corresponds to the amount of emotional
attachment you formed to your expectations or others connected to those
5 Tips on Creating Powerful Expectations
1. Get in touch with your
You are not always aware of the expectations you carry.
Sometimes, you are aware of expectations you recently created, but others have
been in your subconscious for ages and you are no longer aware of them.
Make a list, best you can, of all the expectations you
either want to accomplish or have lived by. By making a list, you accomplish
two things: 1) recognition makes them
real, and 2) this helps you to organize them.
2. Declutter your
Now that you have a real list, study it. Determine which
ones are yours, which ones came from other people whom you felt you had to obey
and complete. Determine which ones you want or could realistically accomplish,
and identify which ones are not what you want or were forced upon you (parent’s
expectations) from long ago. Decluttering or cutting down your list will help
you gain space in your mind. Cross out the expectations you don’t want, do not need
to hold onto any longer, have no emotional investment in, or are simply not
3. Emotional Attachment
Take your whittled down list and figure out what level of
emotional involvement or attachment you have to each one. It is best to put a
numerical value on each, 1 to five or 1 to 10. Actually seeing the numerical values
will help you to rank them in order to see the ones you want to accomplish
While you are figuring out your involvement in each,
determine which expectations have made you disappointed in yourself or someone
else. Disappointment can consume a lot of our emotional energy and turn into
depression or severe anxiety.
honestly these questions while doing this section:
Is it because you disappointed
Is it because someone disappointed
Is it because you could not control
someone else or a situation?
Is it because you didn't reach an
intended goal you set for yourself now or long ago?
Are you taking things to
personally that you're attempting to accomplish?
Do you create goals out of the
emotion of the moment and then procrastinate?
Did you over commit yourself?
Did you say yes to an expectation
when you really meant no?
Are you a poor manager of your
What are the barriers were that
stop you from success and how have they contributed to you falling short of
your of each expectation?
4. Stop holding on to the
The best way to achieve this part is to forgive you. Wipe your
mind clean of past expectations by letting go of all your disappointments,
self-doubts and resentments toward yourself, someone else or long past
situations. Do not use old disappointments or resentments as ammunition to keep
yourself down. If you have been carrying tons of unfulfilled expectations, then
recognize that there is no need to hold onto them. Create new expectations or
reconfigure you old ones to better suit your current state of being, improve your mind code and be happier.
5. Develop an action plan for the future.
Now it is time to make an action plan. So go over your
finished expectations list.
Make sure each are what you
desire, want, need, or desire and how much emotional sweat you are willing to
put into each.
Make sure each expectation is
specific and realistic.
Make sure each expectation is measurable
Make sure each one has a timeline or date for completion.
At the associated completion time of each expectation, go
back to your #3 and check your measurements to determine:
Have I reach completion of what I
Do I want to drop this expectation?
Should I extend the time of
Take Away Remember, it is not curiosity that killed the cat … it was
the cat had on itself that crushed, disappointed or sabotaged its chances for a
happy and productive life.