Expectations – whether they serve us or not, we all have them. Sometimes they let us down. Other times they are surpassed. The letdowns can be heartbreaking, devastating, even sprit breaking. Releasing expectations maybe easier said than done, yet it is the key to finding balance in what often feels like a crazy world.
Having great expectations sets us up for disappointment. We start make a long-term plans based on a future that may not come to pass. When things don’t work out the way that we want them to, we consider our hopes dashed, dreams crushed and our future doomed. The good news is that this doesn’t have to be the case! Instead of being let down by things that haven’t happened the way we wanted, we can be pleasantly surprised by the things we didn’t expect.
The key to embracing the unexpected is to keep an open mind at all times in all ways. Instead of believing that things can only happen a certain way, be open to the possibilities that exist beyond your wildest dreams! You may be wondering how to do this, or even if it’s possible, and it is. The important thing to remember is that we don’t know what we don’t know. We can’t possibly know all the options that will get us closer to achieving our goals, so instead of focusing on how we’re going to get things done, focus on what it is you want to achieve.
It’s about focusing on what you want and not how it’s actually going to happen. This doesn’t mean that you don’t have work to do, but the work may not look like you think it will. We all know how important it is to have a plan, but flexibility is a necessary element. If you have a plan, it shouldn’t be carved in stone, but constantly reviewed and adjusted as you gain more information and make new connections and contacts. Seek people who have achieved the type of success you are working towards. Don’t reinvent the wheel. Learn from their experiences and knowledge and be prepared for whatever comes your way!
When we are able to expect the unexpected, good or bad, it helps us to avoid heartbreak, disappointment and devastation. Instead of fearing these letdowns, we can approach our goals with an open mind with the knowledge that even when things don’t happen the way they want them to; they always unfold as they should. Hitting roadblocks and obstacles don’t mean that what you’re working towards isn’t possible; it may just mean you haven’t found the right route to get you there.
Expecting the unexpected keeps things interesting. We can’t control every aspect of our lives, so we might as well accept that truth and embrace the experiences we encounter on our path to achieving whatever it is we’re working towards. We only get once chance at this life; we might as well enjoy the ride!