Expectation, Anticipation and Belief
“If you have confidence in your lure, you will catch fish,”
says one of the millionaires interviewed by Thomas J. Stanley
in his book The Millionaire Mind.
The degree to which you believe in what you're providing for your customers is a sure sign of how well they're going to respond.
This isn't an excuse for diving in on a mere hunch, avoiding research or adequately planning. If you think about it, you'll believe in it a whole lot more if you've tested it, measured it and planned things properly, of course.
There is a very real sense in which you get what you expect. This might sound all too metaphysical for some people but since there are some very real, measurable instances in quantum physics that have taught us that matter responds to our expectation (making 'facts' about things such as locality and movement almost nonsensical), we might pay heed to the idea that our expectations can determine actual outcomes.
Even if you remain unconvinced by the quantum ideas, you would almost certainly acknowledge that if you expect something to work, you'll put effort into it. If you put effort into something, you're more likely to get a good result than if you don't put effort in - true? Then, even if the first attempt fails, if you return to the challenge with an expectation that you can turn things around - are you more likely to turn things around (than if you did nothing) ? Of course.
So, you'll get what you expect... eventually... if you don't give up.
Ancient scriptures in one place talk of, 'Faith AND patience.' And in another, 'I will show you my FAITH by what I DO.' Faith is rarely enough on it's own.
Of course we can always cite times when things DIDN'T turn out as well as expected. But such results should lead us to a place where we learn anew what we need to have in place to provide us with fresh confidence. This is not a matter of blind faith.
Have you ever noticed this?
Would you be happy receiving a deliverable like the one on the right having been sold the promise of the one on the left?
I wouldn't either.
So, what expectations are you creating in others, especially your customers by your words of promise?
Are you delivering to them?
So, what is it you actually believe?
What are your true expectations?
Are they grounded in solid evidence?
Are you following words from a credible authority?
...or just dreaming?
Dreams are good. Many dreams come true. But let's ensure we are WORKING towards expectations that can believe in.
Beliefs and expectations are crucial - if you're one of those who believe in 'affirmations', ensure you're doing things right by reading the TEAM ME blog post: Making Affirmations Work.