We all have expectations.
They encompass pretty much everything we do, and inform our goals, standards, boundaries. Most go hand-in-hand with our values and beliefs.
What matters, is how we manage them. Especially when tackling complex challenges such as the climate crisis, reuse and sustainability; if they’re unrealistic, everyone involved will inevitably end up disappointed and it will almost certainly have a negative impact on your wellbeing, and your personal and professional relationships.
Instead, we must manage expectations and focus on keeping it real. Bruce Lee sums it up perfectly:
“I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.”
Below are some ways to reframe your thoughts to make expectations work for you. Then why not hop over here for our tools and tips to help you put all this into action.
You’ll have heard of this classic phrase: Never ASSUME as it makes an ASS out of U and ME.
Asking questions cuts to the truth of a conversation and can save a lot of hassle and help us to confront the possibilities of the unknown, as this article explains. This rule of thumb is applicable no matter what your position and it’s vital to remember that asking questions does not reflect a lack of knowledge, competence or abilities. Instead, it shows that you’re open, always learning and, of course, managing expectations.
Think about any common history, views or relationships you may have had with the people you’re working with. Understanding their point of view and where they stand on certain issues can help you develop necessary compassion and communicate better with them to understand their preconceptions and expectations.
Most of us have been conditioned to be high-performing achievers, especially in the workplace, and these habits can often lead to unrealistic expectations. Instead, keep an open mind and consider all possible scenarios; expecting the unexpected can be a great solution to managing expectations and avoiding disappointment. And, luckily, dealing with the unexpected isn’t something you’re born with, you can practice it and improve!