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"If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves." - Thomas Edison


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Today, I am releasing what I hope to be the start of a more ambitious effort to release a string of new wallpapers for my site. This one is called, "Expectations", making it my fifth new design for the year, and the 180th overall to the gallery. My plan is to release much more than just 1 per month from here on out till the end of the year - so keep checking out this site or our Facebook page to know when a new wallpaper is available.

Expectations can be both good and bad. It's all in how you apply them in life. It seems that these days people aren't setting high enough goals for themselves. My specific issue is that its commonly thrown around these days that its best to set low expectations. This way, "you will never be disappointed".

Sure, that may be true. But you wouldn't likely live a life of high achievement either. In fact, usually we get what we expect out of life. I really think it's a balancing act of knowing when and where to apply the highs and lows of what to expect of ourselves and others.

If we keep our expectations focused inward (meaning to apply them only to yourself), it can push us forward and lead us in a worthwhile direction in life. Achievements are attained usually when we push ourselves by our own expectations to finish - to the best of our abilities - what we start out to accomplish. Having high expectations for ourselves can be a powerful tool to get us through to the end and hit our goals and achieve success.

At the opposite end of this spectrum are the wrong types of expectations. These are when we project outward our own expectations on to others or other things that we cannot control. This usually leads to disappointment, frustration, and ultimately anger. Most anger that manifests itself comes from setting the wrong types of expectations. We get our priorities out of place and apply it outward at people in our lives who can't live up to our own image of what should be.

This also stems from a sense of entitlement when we feel that things aren't turning out the way it "should" be for us. Expectations, when applied outward, can be good - ONLY - if it is for the good of others and not for selfish motives.

Getting back to ourselves and how to apply this inwardly, we need to set more than mediocre goals. We need to aim higher. And when we do, we are capable of amazing things!

So, don't waste your energy by expecting the wrong things. Use wisdom and discretion to apply the right expectations on the good, the worthy, and the valuable - for the building up of others and yourself.
- Original blog entry from 05.31.2017

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