Monday Morning Motivation:
3 Reasons You Must Manage Your Expectations
HEY! Happy Monday everyone!
Okay, so, question for you…how well do you manage expectations? Do you do it at all? Or do you have a picture in your head of what things are supposed to be like, then experience extreme disappointment when they don’t turn out that way?
The other day, Buff and I were walking a mile or so with laptops on our backs, headed to a coffee shop to get some work done. It had been a pretty frustrating morning; we’d just found out that we needed $2500.00 worth of car repairs, news that couldn’t have come at a worse time.
(Side note: What IS the best time for $2500.00 in car repairs? Just wondering).
“UGH this is not what I thought 51 was going to look like!” I said with a great deal of exasperation.
Then I looked over at my 60-something year-old husband and thought, this is probably not what he signed up for either.
But then I had a moment; more like a realization and it had to do with the type of person I am.
Am I the type to ever slow down? Do I ever see myself not working? Will I ever retire?
No, in all three instances. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to not be moving at break-neck speed all the time but the reality is I’m never not going to be working.
So along with that epiphany, here are 3 more reasons it’s absolutely critical to manage your expectations!
2. Fantasy Is Always Perfect
A few weeks ago I gave the commencement address to The Manship School of Mass Communication and I shared with them one of my favorite sayings; the life you plan is not the life you lead. The life I had planned for myself after college was perfect; 2.5 kids, perfect husband (we never fought), perfect job (well-paying and I kept it for a really long time) and perfect health. The problem is living a life of illusion robs you of reality. Why does that matter? Oh, I'm glad you asked.