The Ex(pectation) Factor

Adjust your thinking and reduce disappointment

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING

Some find expectations (high or low) are so powerful that they become self-fulfilling prophecies, while others believe expectations (namely the high ones) lead to enormous disappointment. The best expectations are neither high nor low, but G.R.E.A.T (Grounded in Truth, Realistic, Engaging, Adaptable, and Thoroughly thought-out). To limit disappointment Edmonson and Nelson offer the following tips.

M.A.N.A.G.E expectations:

Monitor the relationship or work-life situation by asking thoughtful and relevant questions and actually
listening to the answers.

Adapt to changes, which will inevitably occur, by identifying and challenging your own rigid thinking.

Negotiate your position with honesty and integrity and look for opportunities to partner with others, at work and in your personal life, who do the same.

Anticipate potential problems/challenges/issues that could arise and address them before they do.

Grow continually in genuine knowledge of yourself and others, as well as diverse perspectives on the issue(s).

Expect the best outcome—let a positive attitude, belief in yourself, faith in God, mantras, etc. be your allies.

This article originally appeared in the December 2009 issue of Black Enterprise magazine.

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