Expectations are a part of human nature. We have expectations for others and expectations for ourselves. Some expectations are fruitful and motivate either ourselves or others to excel. The problem with having expectations comes when we cannot let go of them. Either we do not or cannot meet our own expectations or others do not or cannot meet the expectations we have of them.
Failure to let go can result in a myriad of emotions including frustration, depression, disappointment, and anger.
One trick in dealing with expectations is learning what you can control and what is beyond your control. For example, you can control what expectations you place on yourself and what expectations you place on others. You can also control whether or not you live up to your own expectations. You cannot, however, control others’ ability to live up to your expectations.
This is a hard lesson to learn and…
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