I have great expectations. Which are–sometimes–not great things to have. We need to have expectations, plans, hopes, and dreams so we have something to believe in and work towards. And how can amazing things happen if we expect the worse instead of the best? So good expectations are good things.
But you know what comes with expectations? Disappointments. Not quites. Losses. Hurts. Never gonna happens. Failures. So closes. Heartbreaks. Almosts.
How do we walk that line between dreaming about what we want and not getting our hopes up? Is it worth it to not have any expectations so we don’t have the pain that sometimes goes hand in hand? But then, will we be able to get what we want?
Let’s see what the experts have to say:
“You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.”
“Anger always comes from frustrated expectations.”
“I can’t imagine going on when there are no more expectations.”
“Oft expectation fails, and most oft where most it promises; and oft it hits where hope is coldest; and despair most sits.”
“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
“I am open to the guidance of synchronicity, and do not let expectations hinder my path.”
“High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.”
-Charles F. Kettering
“Our desires always disappoint us; for though we meet with something that gives us satisfaction, yet it never thoroughly answers our expectation.”
“To expect defeat is nine-tenths of defeat itself.”
-Henry Louis Mencken
“Life is so constructed, that the event does not, cannot, will not, match the expectation.”
Come on, people, which is it?! Will having great expectations make or break me?
Whatever. Just as long as I don’t end up like Miss Havisham.