Read the last word in the sentence above again: EXPECT.
The Effect of Expectations
Our expectations can get us into trouble more often than we’d like to admit. This happens most commonly when other humans and technology are not fully considered.
If we expect something to go well and it doesn’t, we feel angry and disappointed. If we expect results by a certain date and it doesn’t happen due to circumstances beyond our control, we can lose all hope and give up because it seems futile to continue. I’m sure you’ve experienced situations like these before – most of us have.
While it’s favorable to set a GENERAL TIMELINE for completion of your goal, you would be wise to DETACH EMOTIONALLY from any firm expectations, especially as they relate to OTHER PEOPLE.
What do I mean by “detach emotionally”?
I mean don’t get hooked on the idea of certain things happening at a certain time- especially if those “things” are largely out of your control.
Set a timeline for completion of each of your ACTION Sequences, rather than the results you see from your action sequences.
Also, be sure not to set unrealistic timelines. Don’t create more stress for yourself by taking on a massive project and expecting to complete a one year project in a few days. Consistent powerful actions will be more effective than getting burned out.
And most people WILL and DO burn out.
All that said, once you set a timeline, things change. You don’t burnout. Here’s why…