I have always shuddered at “expectations”.
To me, expectations are like obligations. Once I feel obligated, I don’t want to do it because, clearly, it is not coming from an authentic place anymore.
I also see expectations as a set up for failure rather than a set up for success.An extrinsic motivation rather than an intrinsic motivation.
And something doesn’t live up to the expectation, then there is disappointment. I hate feeling disappointed, don’t you? Who has set an expectation only to not meet it and then feel like a failure or not up to the task.
My yoga instructor is always talking about intentions in class rather than expectations. This really sticks in my brain. Intention totally takes the pressure off and leaves you with personal choice and self-accountability.
Expectations seem to always involve someone/something else or chance.
Expectation is defined by Merriam-Webster as a belief that something will happen or is likely to happen OR a feeling or belief about how successful, good, etc., someone or something will be.
Expectations are outside of ourselves.
We can’t control them.
Intention is defined by the same source as the thing that you plan to do or achieve : an aim or purpose: a determination to act in a certain way.
Intentions are within ourselves and that, my friends, are what we CAN control.
Expectation can foster blame.
Intention fosters effort and self-accountability.
I would much rather live by intention rather than expectation.
How about you?
Live with intention and Keep It Simple