Are You in an Expectation Gap?

We’re wired to expect the world to be brighter and more meaningful and more obviously interesting than it actually is. And when we realize that it isn’t, we start looking around for the real world. ― Lev Grossman, The Magicians

A recent New York Times article points out that the way we manage our expectations heavily influences our ability to experience happiness in life and work.

Several examples of medical interventions demonstrate how patient expectations can affect health outcomes.

We set expectations all the time: for ourselves, coworkers, family members, items we buy and even the movies we see. Our internal mindset relentlessly measures performance against our assumptions and expectations.

Expectations have a profound effect on our energy and drive. There are two variables in the equation: what we expect from others and what we expect from ourselves. How we view our experiences is critical to the way we pursue our goals and achieve success.

Happiness cannot be achieved without expectations, but our beliefs must be based on an achievable reality. Your daily happiness level can ultimately be measured by the number of expectations you meet.

This 870 word article provides thought provoking information on how we manage our expectations and why it’s so important to success and happiness.

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The full article talks about:

  • When to Let Go of Expectations
  • What Happens in the Brain
  • Expectations: What You Can Change
  • Recognize Progress

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