I have thinking a lot lately about “great expectations.” No, not the Charles Dickens novel, but how we all think something should turn out. I think we are all guilty of building something up in our mind before we even experience it. It’s a way of looking forward to something and it might help us escape the routine we’re in. I am the type of person that lives in the future. Constantly thinking about what’s coming next. I build up my expectations of what life will look like and then work towards that.
There are pros and cons to this, which is why I wanted to talk about it today. Having “great expectations” gives you high goals to reach for, but it can also take you out of the present moment. In a world that is so visual thanks to social media it can be very easy to expect the results that you see from others. But that’s the thing. Everyone’s journey in life is going to look different, so of course the successes will look different, too.
We do a disservice to ourselves when we compare our experiences because it takes away from our own successes. I know in the blogging world this can be a constant struggle. We all have expectations about how fast we are supposed to grow, or how quickly we should get the hang of something, but why not just enjoy the journey.
My expectations when I started Waketon Road were low. I wanted to have a creative outlet that allowed me to share the things that inspire me. I didn’t think about success in numbers or followers, my expectations were more focused on producing quality content. The goal was to feel inspired enough to post once a week. Fast forward to today when I am able to publish three times a week and (if I wasn’t working full-time) could probably do more!
That’s the thing about expectations. They can surprise you! When you focus on the right things you will see success. My goal is to find inspiration everywhere. Stop and smell the roses, because life is too beautiful to be chasing unrealistic expectations.
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