One thing to remember is that our expectations rarely match the reality.
Sometimes it’s better, sometimes it’s worse but rarely are we spot on.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as long as we go into the situations realizing that our expectations will usually be off. It’s when we are determined that our expectations will be exact that we run into problems
We can plan a vacation but since we can’t control the weather, or other variables such as traffic, other guests, etc, the trip might be even better than hoped, worse than hoped or just different than hoped.
If an author comes up with a new book and hopes to sell 5000 copies of the book, if they sell less than 5000 they might assume they are a failure. However, just because it didn’t meet expectations doesn’t mean it failed. It might have sold just 4000 copies BUT received the interest to turn the book into a movie. It wouldn’t have met expectations but might be even better.
It’s important to realize expectations and goals aren’t the same things. The one thing that they should have in common is they need to be somewhat fluid. Be willing to change your expectations as the situation changes. It’s not a sign of weakness but rather of open mindedness.
Just something to think about.
Have a great day!