Expectation: the act or state of anticipating or looking forward to the coming occurrence; the act of considering something about to happen probable or certain.
I confess, my expectations are set really high. I expect more from people than they usually deliver. Why? Because I expect people to act and perform the same as me. My standards are high and people know what to expect from me. I used to think I was being taken advantage of because people just assumed I would do something a certain way. I’ve come to realize, it’s not being taken advantage of. I’ve earned expectations from certain people and they know I will deliver.
I often refer to that old saying, treat others as you wish to be treated. The only problem with that saying is I expect others to reciprocate in a certain way. When they don’t, it upsets me. I cannot control their actions or reactions, I can barely control my own. My expectations will continue to be high and I will learn to accept the failures of those who do not live up to my standards. Change what you can and accept what you can’t, am I right?
I know that sounds superior and arrogant. I don’t mean for it to come across that way at all. Everyone should have hopes, dreams and expectations. Without them, what do you have to look forward to? Dream high, hope a lot, and be prepared for mediocrity out of most people.