Expectations versus Reality

Published on 1 April 2024 at 00:00

Our expectations can sometimes give us a false sense of comfort. When we place unreasonable expectations on ourselves, it clouds our judgment and overall sense of well-being. Placing realistic and plausible expectations on one's future endeavors allows an individual to set and create goals that are attainable, achievable, and sustainable. Our personal goals, aspirations, and individual circumstances may differ, while our needs are rooted in happiness. We all want to be happy, and considering realistic expectations can give you a glimpse of the possibilities. Life may not be what we expect it to be, only our actions can determine that. The reality of unreasonable expectations is often disappointing since there is so much that can affect or control your future reality.

"My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations"

- Michael J. Fox

“Expectation is the root of all heartache.” -  William Shakespeare

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.”

- Amelia Earhart

I sometimes wish to be in a utopian society, however reality keeps me grounded with a proverbial kick in the butt when I need it the most. When we expect a certain outcome, and it does not attain fruition, we often get disappointed and discouraged. It is always a good idea to place reasonable expectations on oneself. Life tends to place us in situations where we often think about how we got to that point in our lives. Our ability to face reality is the greatest life lesson and at times it comes at the right moment when we need it the most. In our changing world, false expectations have taken flight within the era of social media. Individual needs are often neglected, thereby creating a false sense of self among the masses. Stability and comfort have replaced my stress and anxiety over the years, although it takes constant work to maintain a state of well-being. People who are bewildered by the unreasonable expectations that they place on themselves often face the harsh reality of life itself.

"If something is irrational, that means it won't work. It's usually unrealistic."

- Albert Ellis

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“If you want to fly, give up everything that weighs you down.”

- Buddha

Our wants, needs, and expectations might never be fulfilled, but that is okay as long as you set reasonable goals for yourself. It takes time, effort, and hard work to achieve one's goals. Remember everyone cannot be the next athletic superstar, actor, or business magnet without talent and hard work. Nonetheless, the possibilities and opportunities are still there to achieve meaningful success. Investing in oneself, after all, is considered the best investment in life, and it depends on you and your support system of family and friends. Despite some of us not having any opportunities or possible success, with the drive and wit to look past pseudo expectations, you can find success. An adequate education in academic and vocational or business prowess can enable you to create a reality that is both fulfilling and rewarding. Your abilities and dedication can help you fulfill reasonable expectations, and together with realistic attainable goals can lead to a sustainable reality to fruition.

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

- T. S. Eliot

“Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations. Expect the best of yourself and then do what is necessary to make it a reality.” - Ralph Marston

“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.”

- Stephen Hawking

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”

- Michael Jordan

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Don Nichols
4 months ago

Outstanding! Great quotes.