I have seen this quote all over social media and it makes me question our society. Actually, it makes me cringe. What happened to people to make them believe they should not have expectations? Was it the crash in the housing market, too many broken hearts or abusive relationships? Was it too many pink slips handed out by corporations to the people who worked the hardest?
Expectation is defined as “a strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future” or “a belief that someone will or should achieve something”
So let me get this straight…
Are we really supposed to NOT have expectations in an effort to avoid disappointment? Really?
When you do that, are you also missing out on the possibility that what you expect may actually happen? You might actually get the job for which you interviewed. You may actually get to go out on a date with your crush. You may actually get to travel the world, get married, become wealthy and/or live the life of your dreams…. because you expected it.
So here is a glimpse at a world without expectation.
- Your child will not get good grades and go to college… because you didn’t expect him to!
- Your spouse won’t treat you with honor and respect… because you didn’t expect them to.
- You never applied for the new job, which would double your income…because you didn’t expect to get it.
- You never pursued your passion… because you never expected you could earn a living doing it.
- You never started that business… because you expected people would not want to work for you or buy from you.
- This list could go on forever….
What if Henry T. Sampson stopped working to invent the “gamma-electric cell” because he didn’t expect it to work? You wouldn’t be reading this blog post on your cell phone right now.
What if Steve Jobs had no expectation that he could build a better computer, create an incredible cell phone or “put music in your pocket”? What if he had no expectation that people would buy Apple products? We would all be using Microsoft and I would NOT be happy.
When we stop having expectations, we stop striving for what we desire. We stop living – merely existing and ultimately dying without ever “going for it”. You don’t create that new thing! You don’t have that new experience! You don’t feel that new love! You don’t change the world!
Expectations are necessary! I expect for people in my life to treat me a certain kind of way. I expect my child to respect adults, get good grades and go to college. I expect to distribute over 50,000 Red Dot Bags in 2016. I expect to grow my VIPCO Agency to have Advisors in every state. I expect to assist 5,000 individuals reach their health and wellness goals with Amazing Women Choose Fit! I EXPECT THAT GOD WILL DELIVER ON HIS PROMISES TO ME.
When you pray, don’t you expect to receive the very things for which you pray? Do you pray?
Isn’t there a scripture that states “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7
“And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” Matthew 21:22
What happened to your faith? No expectation equals no faith. That’s a problem. On more levels than I can blog about.
Your expectations may be met with some disappointment however it usually is because it is either not the right time for you to receive what you expect, what you expect is not for you (there is something or someone better), or there is a lesson that you need to learn before you can receive it.
Expectations… Should We Stop Having Them! Absolutely NOT! If we stop having expectations, the world stops progressing. People stop living! Dreams never come true.
Don’t miss out on what could be the best life ever because you fear disappointment. Stand strong in your faith and have mind-blowing expectations. You just might have mind-blowing experiences and I guarantee you, the mind-blowing experiences will outweigh the disappointments.