If you want to change your life, change your mind!
by John Alston
We are made to grow and launch ourselves from our dreams. When we lose or fail, we hurt. Whether it's business, a relationship or a goal we've set for ourselves, all of us expect to win. Expectations, however, are not the key to success, and wishing for success changes nothing. Eventually we learn that if we lose we may hurt - BUT we don't have to suffer.
Pain is life's way of attracting our attention! Apart from the persistent burden of a disease or disorder, suffering comes from dwelling on things we've lost. Thwarted intentions, negatively comparing ourselves to others, and a host of self-defeating behaviors compound this suffering.
Sometimes we expect to win and we don't! Other times we expect to fail and we win! Human expectations are as normal as breathing. Meeting them is not the key to success, fulfillment, or happiness. Anything you do to fulfill your dreams and attain the favorable outcomes you desire has far less to do with expectations than with your careful preparation, focus and hard work!
Unreasonable expectations create suffering. Encountering unexpected obstacles is one thing; facing something we knew was going to happen, but which we failed to prepare for, is quite another.
If you are unhappy, whole and complete without a particular thing you want (money, material things, fame, or achievement), STOP and LOOK WITHIN. For what are you prepared? True happiness comes from the quest to attain your goals: the journey. Complement your wants with preparation and realistic expectations. Balance your thinking by accepting the certainty of uncertainty. It's called, getting real!
Skills and Techniques
Set goals, and prepare to receive what you want. Move with the ball on the court, knowing that every shot you don't take will be a shot that you missed. You don't know for sure how the game will turn out, but there is no excuse for not taking your best shot when there's an opening.
Prepare for opportunities by establishing goals, planning and working hard. The loftier the goals, the greater must be your focus and discipline.
Remember, unfulfilled expectations are life's sense of humor! Every single attempt you make is preceded by an expectation of one sort or another. So, take a step back, gauge the challenge, prepare as if the outcome relied on your careful planning alone, and then go forth to meet the challenge!
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