Friday, May 27, 2011

GBE 2.1 - Expectations


"In the case of uncertainty, expectation is what is considered the most likely to happen. An expectation, which is a belief that is centered on the future, may or may not be realistic. A less advantageous result gives rise to the emotion of disappointment. If something happens that is not at all expected it is a surprise. An expectation about the behavior or performance of another person, expressed to that person, may have the nature of a strong request, or an order." [1]

I used to have expectations... of myself, of family, of friends, of co-workers. I have learned (the hard way) that you can't have them of other people. I keep them for myself as motivation to learn and grow. Continue and read what some other people have said about expectations.


"A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations." - Patricia Neal

"Both expectations and memories are more than mere images founded on previous experience." - Samuel Alexander

"Confounding people's expectations was a way to maintain integrity." - Lindsey Buckingham

"Don't live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable." - Wendy Wasserstein


"Don't lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations. Expect the best of yourself, and then do what is necessary to make it a reality." - Ralph Marston

"Don't show off every day, or you'll stop surprising people. There must always be some novelty left over. The person who displays a little more of it each day keeps up expectations, and no one ever discovers the limits of his talent." - Baltasar Gracian

"Dreaming is one thing, and working towards the dream is one thing, but working with expectations in mind is very self-defeating." - Michael Landon

"I don't have expectations. Expectations in your life just lead to giant disappointments." - Michael Landon


"Have you heard of this new thing called the internet? It's giving people new expectations. It's allowing them to become their own expert. Knowledge lies anxious at their fingertips. Gloss over the truth in your advertising and you'll quickly be dismissed as a poser." - Roy H. Williams

"I am not in this world to live up to other people's expectations, nor do I feel that the world must live up to mine." - Fritz Perls

"I find my life is a lot easier the lower I keep everyone's expectations." - Bill Watterson


"I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations and you're not in this world to live up to mine." - Bruce Lee

"I have great expectations for the future, because the past was highly overrated." - Sylvester Stallone

"I love the idea of stepping out of the band situation into a solo world with no boundaries, no expectations, where nothing is out of bounds." - Tommy Shaw

"I've always got such high expectations for myself. I'm aware of them, but I can't relax them." - Mary Decker Slaney


"If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome." - Michael Jordan

"If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal." - Norman Vincent Peale

"It's great being blonde - with such low expectations it's easy to impress." - Pamela Anderson

"It's when ordinary people rise above the expectations and seize the opportunity that milestones truly are reached." - Mike Huckabee


"Keep high aspirations, moderate expectations, and small needs." - William Howard Stein

"Let your dreams outgrow the shoes of your expectations." - Ryunosuke Satoro

"Life... It tends to respond to our outlook, to shape itself to meet our expectations." - Richard M. DeVos

"Lower your expectations of earth. This isn't heaven, so don't expect it to be." - Max Lucado


"My expectations of other people, I double them on myself." - James Brown

"Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations." - Leo Buscaglia

"Other people may not have had high expectations for me... but I had high expectations for myself." - Shannon Miller

"Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations." - Earl Nightingale


"Our limitations and success will be based, most often, on your own expectations for ourselves. What the mind dwells upon, the body acts upon." - Denis Waitley

"Simplicity is not the goal. It is the by-product of a good idea and modest expectations." - Paul Rand

"So, yeah, I can say I always set my expectations so high that I had a lot to live up to." - Johnny Bench

"The best things in life are unexpected - because there were no expectations." - Eli Khamarov


"The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools." - Confucius

"The fewer expectations you have, the better." - Laurie Anderson

"The first and most optimistic response was complete rational expectations econometrics. A rational expectations equilibrium is a likelihood function. Maximize it." - Thomas J. Sargent

"The first step in exceeding your customer's expectations is to know those expectations." - Roy H. Williams


"The interval between a cold expectation and a warm desire may be filled by expectations of varying degrees of warmth or by desires of varying degrees of coldness." - Samuel Alexander

"The secret to true happiness is a combination of low expectations and insensitivity." - Olivia Goldsmith

"There is hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started out with such tremendous hopes and expectations, and yet which fails so regularly, as love." - Erich Fromm

"To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves - there lies the great, singular power of self-respect." - Joan Didion


"We all participate in weaving the social fabric; we should therefore all participate in patching the fabric when it develops holes mismatches between old expectations and current realities." - Anne C. Weisberg

"We don't want people to have expectations of us, but then we have expectations of everybody else." - Lauryn Hill

"We live in an era of revolution, the revolution of rising expectations." - Adlai Stevenson

"Winners make a habit of manufacturing their own positive expectations in advance of the event." - Brian Tracy


"You can't base your life on other people's expectations." - Stevie Wonder

"Your expectations opens or closes the doors of your supply, If you expect grand things, and work honestly for them, they will come to you, your supply will correspond with your expectation." - Orison Swett Marden


[1] Wikipedia


DrHoneyDew said...

and what was YOUR quote on expectations? hehe i are LIVING IT!! and so so OH so glad to be back in the "wave" with you..wild wild rush....never predictable..always bubbly and FUN to ride! (the wave the wave) hehe

Word Nerd said...

"Never get attached to anyone because attachments lead to expectations and expectations lead to disappointments."


Mojo Writin' said...

Would have liked a lot more from you, rather than other people's words. A nice blog though.

Kathy29156 said...

Well, you made clear what everyone else said about expectations, which was interesting, but the whole point was what your take on expectations is. I guess I never figured that out reading your blog.


Eccentricity said...

I don't know--I think even though practically everyone is trying to say they have low or no expectaions, that's more a wannabe thought than actual truth. I really realize now more than ever after this topic that I'm nowhere near close to zen-like enough for no expectations. lol! ;-) And, I don't think very many are.

Langley said...

Wow, so much information here. This was super!

Chickee said...

Lindsey Buckingham's and Orison Swett Marden's are my faves. Both elicited different reactions from me. Both of which were honest ones and unexpected. ;)


Diana said...

Good blog. Like the quotes.

Jenn said...

You know...I think there is at least one quote here most of us can relate to and for each of us it is probably a different one. Awesome way to pull it all together.

For me, I loved Ralph Marston's quote on Expectations "Don't lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations. Expect the best of yourself, and then do what is necessary to make it a reality."

To that I can totally relate!!

Great blog...thanks for sharing!

Cheers, Jenn

SJerZGirl said...

Wish I'd seen these quotes before I posted my "expectations" blog. LOL There are at least two that are perfect fits!

peacegirl said...

Cool, Kev. You know I'm a quote digger. Thanks for rounding all those up into one place for me. Your presentation is awesome, cause you know, I dig that too!

Love, Love.........and peace ♥

Alana said...

Don't agree with you on not getting attached to people, because I think that attachments are what make life worth living, the good and the bad that come out of them, but ...

completely agree that you can only control what you expect of yourself. Sort of along the lines that only you can control your reaction.