“Do your expectations fuel you or deflate you?”
—Chip Conley, author of Emotional Equations
Having something to look forward to is a powerful thing. It sets up our expectations and can shift our present moment attitude toward positivity and anticipation.
Notice how you feel when you look forward to:
- A weekend
- A vacation
- A tasty meal
- Time with a good friend
- A massage or spa treatment
- A nap or good night’s sleep
Unfortunately, negative expectations about the future can take the wind out of us just as easily. Consider these situations:
- Career and job instability or simply a job you don’t like on a Monday morning
- Being in poor or uncertain health
- An impending visit to the dentist
- A bad weather forecast
How can and will you use greater mindfulness and self-awareness to maximize your positive and minimize your negative expectations?
Practicing and applying this exercise daily can provide the fuel for a more fulfilling life.