I’m sure you know it’s important to have a positive attitude. Not only does this make your path to your dreams easier and more pleasant, but studies have shown that optimistic people reap physical, mental, and emotional benefits as well.
How positive is your attitude, though?
It’s easy to be upbeat when everything is going well. But if the surface gets scratched or dinged just a little bit, do your good spirits quickly deflate like punctured tire?
If so, then I encourage you to take a close look at your expectancy. It can be quite a surprise to discover what you truly expect. You may find that although you say you believe things will turn around for you, when you look closely at what you’re actually expecting, you may be shocked to find that you really don’t think things will turn out well at all.
One quick way to get a read on your expectancy is to think about what’s your state of mind first thing in the morning or the last thing at night? How do you approach new tasks or situations? If you find any of the following–even just a little bit–then you need to take a closer look at your expectations:
~Waking up with dread;
~Going to bed mentally exhausted;
~Reluctant or hesitant to try new things;
~Anxiety when the boss assigns you to a task you’ve never done;
~Procrastinating, especially when faced with something new….
As you go through your days this week, stay mindful of whether you’re reluctant, tired, anxious or dragging your feet, or if you’re excited, energetic, and eager to get started. If you aren’t enthused, then do a little bit of digging to find out what’s the thought–the assumption or expectation–that’s at the core. Keep track of what you discover so that you can find a pattern or the common thread. This will help you in overcoming and resetting your expectations.
I know this sounds like a lot and perhaps you’re feeling a little nervous about this topic. Don’t worry; we’re going to be talking about attitude and expectations this whole week. In fact, tomorrow I have a YouTube video to share with you that I think you’ll find helpful.
You can do this; I believe in you!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,