Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Expectations: Getting A Tomato When You Expect an Apple

Sometimes our own expectations create havoc.

For example if you expect an apple when you get a tomato, you won't be satisfied.

It's important to think carefully about your expectations with the following questions:
  • Why do you expect what you expect?
  • What is the history related to your expectations?
  • Have you ever made the time to discuss your expectations with others or are your expectations known only to you?
Many of us carry around expectations that are invisible to others because we simply have never taken the time to ask the question, "What do you expect and why?"

Perhaps if you said, I'm expecting an apple, that's what you'd get, or perhaps you might say, "I'm expecting an apple," and the response is but that's not what the recipe calls for--it calls for a tomato instead, and it will taste much better with a tomato. 

Don't let expectations not discussed stand in the way of good work and promise when it comes to teaching children well.