One of the recurring themes of this blog on personal leadership is how powerfully our expectations impact our reality. To a much greater degree than we often acknowledge, we create ourselves. Often we learn a truth at a deeper level when we hear it in story form or from a new or different perspective. I will let the following letter to the editor speak for itself.
“I don’t like standardized tests…. I took (an IQ test) in the seventh grade. I was an average student until then. While examining the test booklet, I discovered the answers were tucked inside the test. I cheated but I was careful not to answer all the questions correctly. After I got a “near genius” score of 172, teachers treated me differently; they expected the highest achievement. Soon my grades went from average to superior. I graduated at the top of my class and now have my master’s degree. Teachers claim they don’t treat students according to their perceived level of intelligence, but I often wonder what my school career would’ve been like if I hadn’t cheated on that test.” (Jo Kelly, Conklin, Michigan. React Column, Reader’s Digest, May 2009, p.10)
Our limitations and success will be based, most often, on your own expectations for ourselves. What the mind dwells upon, the body acts upon.” — Denis Waitley, American motivational speaker and author
“Nobody succeeds beyond his or her wildest expectations unless he or she begins with some wild expectations.” — Ralph Charell, author
“Our circumstances answer to our expectations and the demand of our natures.” — Henry David Thoreau