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THE POWER OF EXPECTATION

“If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that.”  Johann Wolfgang  Van Goethe

The power of expectation can change the outcome of a situation.  Think about it.  We’ve all heard it:  positive breeds positive and negative breeds negative.  You are what you think. If you believe it will happen, it will.  Faith works both ways:  positive and negative.  These are all saying the same thing:  What you expect most likely will be.

Think of the people you know that no matter what is going on in their life, they stay positive and upbeat and they somehow always seem to come out smelling like a rose.  We all know them.  THEY BELIEVE! They expect the positive results!  Those are the same people when the chips are down will always have a positive, upbeat word for you.  So despite the fact you arrived feeling in the dumps, you leave with an extra pep in your step.  You feel better because you absorbed some of their belief.  You now expect a different outcome.

In every aspect of life, the power of expectation is at work.  Like Pavlov’s dogs:  He trained them to salivate at the sound of the buzzer because of what they expected at the sound of the buzzer:  food.  I have a service dog that has been taught to respond to the sounds I cannot hear by nudging me and taking me to the sound:  Because he loves me and wants to help me?  NO!  He does love me but it’s because when he does that he has an expectation of receiving food or praise.  It’s called The Rule of Expectation.

Words are powerful weapons and we need to choose them wisely.  Words of doubt or lack of confidence will result in non performance.  If you expect nothing, you won’t be disappointed.  If you make the effort however to express your belief in a person, in what they can do and what they are capable of, you will find the results more rewarding.  They will find the results more rewarding.  Words of confidence make it easier for a person to succeed.

If you want to experience positive results from those around you, or even yourself, create the results:  Expect the best!

1/27/13

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