In the comic strip we see Charlie Brown once again on the pitcher’s mound in anticipation of another baseball season. To his dismay, Lucy is just not into it.
Whether we like it or not, we live in a world of expectations. Whether they come from family, friends, or colleagues, we deal with expectations every day. So what is a person to do? Here are three simple ideas:
- Make them realistic – For yourself and others. Charlie Brown learned the hard way that not everyone shares the same passion for the game as he does.
- Make them practical – Never put expectations on others that are not within their capacity to reach. Like Charlie Brown, you can be disappointed when others do not live up to your expectations. Make the practical and save yourself the grief.
- Make them desirable- Encourage ownership. On the first day of the season, Lucy is just not that enthused. And like Lucy, your team may need some time to come around and get in the game like Charlie Brown. The best way to get your team involved is to get them excited about what you are doing. For that, they need ownership!
What are your expectations?
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