The dilemma; the danger; the discovery, of personal expectations. Without them we forfeit ambition, intention and destination. With them, we risk disappointment, ridicule and failure. Whether they are kept with personal secrecy, or proclaimed with confident strategy, expectation is the first step in discovering capability and realizing potential.
Fearful of establishing personal expectations, some have found solace in the century-old quote by Alexander Pope, “Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.” But, why embrace this ‘truth’? Why bury expectations and suppress hope just to avoid disappointment? Disappointment is not inevitable. It’s not final. It’s not fatal. Disappointment is – survivable. And expectations are needful. Or discovery is impossible. -PS