Unrealistic expectation can be the toughest opponent in a competition. There are so many expectations placed on the leaders in a business. It can become difficult for the leader to keep a realistic perspective. They need to evaluate the expectation that is being placed on them and determine if it is truly realistic. The same applies to children and professionals in any area. Often, we give less than our best performance because we were expected to win.
When dealing with other’s expectations, we are often faced with issues that force us out of our game plan. The parent that expects nothing but straight A’s or the board of directors that expects another straight quarter of large profits. Many times we abandon our vision, and motivation, because other’s expectations are either too high or too low.
The only expectation that is reliable is to do our best. Whether in the living room or boardroom, expect to make your own breaks. Believe in your instinct not your press. All competitors expect to win. But, the great leaders expect only to battle to the end. We should teach our children and our colleagues to expect a battle in every challenge. Expectation can be the Achilles heel of anyone who competes in life. The truth is that the victor often expects nothing but the best from themselves.
What do you expect from yourself?