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The relationship between expectations & results

Life has many variables, most of which are out of your control. One minute you might be winning and everything going your way. The next your whole life blows up in your face and there is nothing you can do about it. In this sea of unpredictability, one of the only variables you have the power to control is your expectations. In this post, I want to explore the relationship between expectations and results as well as how you can swing any circumstance in your favour by simply changing your expectations.

Everyone exhibits one of three expectations during any given scenario or circumstance. Each of these expectations will have a direct effect on the outcome of that circumstance:

1. Negative expectations:

Negative expectations guarantee only one result, a negative one. They are like a self-fulfilling prophecy when you expect a negative result you tend to get one. Have you ever met someone who seems to radiate with negativity? They always seem to complain about how unlucky they are and always say things like ‘knowing my luck, I’ll never win’. I 100% guarantee that when your expectations are negative you WILL get a negative result.

2. Neutral expectations:

The most dangerous expectations of them all. It’s with neutral expectations that most people live their lives; never expecting the worst but not expecting anything good either. The reason neutrality is so dangerous is because in most cases you don’t realise that your expectations are in this category. You have a win here, and a loss there, and a win here, and so the cycle goes. The wins are enough to make you feel comfortable with the losses. In the long run, the result will end like your expectations, neutral, neither winning nor losing just being. After all, average is the best of the worst and the worst of the best.

3. Positive expectations:

Now I hate to break it to you but having positive expectations does not explicitly guarantee positive results. When you add skills, strategy and successful execution to your positive mindset it will lead you to your desired outcome. While it is not enough to just have a positive mindset achieve success, it is the only path that will lead you there. Start with positive expectations, add a strategy that will lead to success and build the skill set necessary to execute that strategy. Success starts in your head.

So maybe if you’re not achieving your goals you should consider changing your mindset. As always, feel free to reach out to us here at Inpsird International.


Tom Kliese

Co-founder Inspird International

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