The Importance of Positive Expectations

It’s true that life can be challenging at times. But no matter what you’re going through, it is possible to project positive expectations. And when you do, you’ll become more effective in everything you do.

Realize that becoming more effective is a way of traveling rather than a destination. In other words, it’s a state of mind, not a single event. That’s where projecting positive expectations comes into play.

The only advantage of being a pessimist is that all your surprises are pleasant. But that’s pretty small stuff compared to the big payoff that comes from projecting positive expectations.

The fact is that much of our happiness or unhappiness results from not by what happens, but how we LOOK at what happens. In other words, it’s about your thinking habits. The good news is that you can change your habits.

George Walther, in his book “Power Talking,” shows how you can foster the mindset that interprets setbacks as positive opportunities. This is a skill that you can develop—one word, one phrase, one sentence at a time.

For starters, purge the words “I failed …” from your vocabulary. Replace them with “I learned …” to help your mind focus on the lessons involved.

Similarly, adopt the habit of using “challenge” when others would say “problem,” “I’ll be glad to” instead of “I’ll have to,” and “I’m getting better at …” rather than “I’m no good at …”

These small changes add up and will help you project positive expectations even in the midst of adversity.

Tip: The subliminal effect of changing even a few words can prompt your mind to come up with creative solutions rather than dreading or fleeing the problem.


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