We’ll be talking about realistic expectations the next few posts. First, back to my old, reliable friend dctionary.com:
Realistic – resembling or simulating real life (a duck hunter skilled at making realistic decoys).
Expectations – degree of probability that something will occur (little expectation that he will come).
So you could say realistic expectations would be “the probability that something will occur in real life” – such as the goals you set for your business or the likelihood that this 147th fitness goal will be the one you achieve. 🙂 Here is a list of tips around the concept of realistic expectations, and being able to be grounded and avoiding extreme swings.
- Set realistic expectations for yourself, as well as what you can realistically expect from others in your life.
- Keep your realistic goals to yourself. Sharing them makes you less likely to take action and accomplish them.
- Be honest with yourself when it comes to assessing your strengths and challenges.
- Accept your limitations and minimize their affects by modifying your expectations and methods to accomplish your goals realistically.
- People aren’t mind readers. Tell people specifically what they need to know. Be kind but blunt. Ask and answer questions, as needed.
- Things make you smile for a few seconds. Your mindset makes you happy for years.
- Don’t entertain the idea of changing others. It’s their job to change themselves.
- Map each action it would take to achieve your goal
- Assess your commitment level if you aren’t willing to make the sacrifices required to meet your goal, the expectation or goal may need to be adjusted.
- Refrain from expecting others to achieve goals based on your skills and experiences.
- When in doubt, set expectations a little too low to encourage improvement.
- Base expectations on similar events, activities, or experiences from the past.
- Re-evaluate your goals and expectations as you grow and achieve success.
- Expect meeting your ultimate goal to take time and practice.
- Create a method to measure your progress expectations to help you achieve success.
- You have power over bad situations. You can choose to change it or stay in it. Choose wisely.
- The most effective way to change your circumstances is to change your mindset.
- Starting on the wrong path only means it takes you longer to reach your destination.
- Sometimes you have to make the opportunity instead of waiting for one to come to you.
- Changing and overcoming difficult circumstances empowers you to do great things.
- When you change your disposition, your circumstances will also change.
- The most meaningful changes begin within. Change those first to see outward results.
- Even the smallest changes can trigger the most profound consequences.
- Don’t put your trust in your circumstances, where you are; but in yourself, who and what you are within.
- Your circumstances don’t define you. They reveal character strengths you developed.
- Don’t compare your circumstances to others. You cannot know all they’ve been through.
- You can choose to be a result of your circumstances or of your determination.
- Regretting past situations does nothing for your future. Making better choices can change everyone’s future.
- You can’t change the past. Sometimes you can’t change the present, but you can change the future if you start working on it now.
- Change is constant. Get accustomed to adapting to change. Knowing how to adapt successfully will get you through everything in life.