by mch on January 5, 2009

Expecting is different from waiting.  Waiting sounds like cooling one’s heels, perhaps but not necessarily impatiently, hoping that time will pass and you’ll move on to whatever it is that comes next.  Expecting implies that there is something around the bend that you know (or think you know) will come to pass, for better or for worse.  Expectation is full of anticipation.

That anticipation brings in energy.  Watch the energy that kids have around the holiday season; the expectation that presents are around the corner,  school will be out, and more-than-normal amounts of fun are in store helps create a cocktail that makes children excited and energetic.  One of the things I miss most from my pregnancy days is the expectation that something tremendous is about to happen.  The energy in the U.S. is renewed as a result of the expectation that things are changing with the upcoming presidency.

Watch what happens when we don’t have expectations: employees under-perform, energy wanes, and mediocrity prevails.  Now that the holidays are ending, that palpable feeling of excitement is gone and our energy could sink.

Unless, of course, you set expectations for the new year.  Not necessarily a resolution, an expectation can be something you set your sights on that you will look forward to, manifest, or hope for this year.  Do you expect your work to change?  Do you want to expect your work will change? What is coming around the bend this year that you want to make happen?  And what do you need to do to make it so?

Instead of sinking into a post-holiday funk, it’s time to consider what you expect of and for yourself in the coming year.  It’s time to consider what you expect and anticipate, and make sure you’re not waiting endlessly for something better to happen.  Decide to make it happen.  Expect it.


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