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500 Powerful Quotes About Expectations To Inspire Success

1. “You don’t need to live to fulfill other’s expectations. Live for yourself, love yourself and do not let them tell you that it is selfish.” —​ Mridula Singh


2. “People will say to me, ‘You’ve played so many strong women,’ and I’ll say, ‘Have you ever said to a man, ‘You’ve played so many strong men?’’ No! Because the expectation is men are varied. Why can’t we have that expectation about women?” – Meryl Streep, Actress


3. “Low expectations equals less disappointment and heartache” – NBA YoungBoy


4. “No, it’s not wrong to need people. But some of our biggest disappointments in life are the result of expectations we have of others that they can’t ever possibly meet. That’s when the desire to connect becomes an unrealistic need. Unrealistic neediness is actually greediness in disguise. It’s saying, “My needs and desires deserve to tap into or possibly even deplete yours.” This will never set a relationship up for success.”


5. “The River of Life has no meaning, no good, no bad, no better, no worse, no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy. The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation. The River of Life just is.”


6. “One of the most important things you can do as a leader is make sure you and your organization are delivering what you promised. The question I ask to make an assessment of this is “Did we exceed expectations?” This ensures my future success and that of my organization. The future is dim professionally for anyone who doesn’t exceed the expectations of customers or clients.”


7. “The rich and interactive experiences we have come to expect on mobile apps have created new standards and expectations for all digital media including the web. The result is websites are evolving to become more app-like in their rich functionality.”


8. “Thursday is one day closer to my expectation that everything I have done through the week culminates in progress.”


9. “Great teachers have high expectations for their students, but even higher expectations for themselves.”


10. “I don't believe people think their ways into acting different. I think they act their ways into thinking different. So, a program for quitting alcohol that doesn't involve some action, I have a low expectation for,” Shepard told Pete Holmes during an interview on his “Armchair Expert” podcast in 2019, outlining his thoughts about Alcoholics Anonymous. “Now, it does work for people and I would never tell someone it's not working for them. But just in general, the thing I like about AA is it's not abstract: Here's what you do; write this list; call this person; be available to this guy; take that person to a meeting. You can't wake up one morning because you're so demoralized from the night before and decide, 'I'm going to permanently remember that I felt this demoralized in six years and this will be sustainable.' For me, at least, I will forget six years later what it felt like. But if I have actions that are a part of my regular muscle memory and routine, those things will do the lifting for me.”


11. “High expectations are the key to absolutely everything.”


12. You have always dreamed big and focused on the future. May your thirties exceed all of your expectations!


13. “When I train, I erase all the limits and expectations of what I can do. I am powerful and anything is possible.”- Camille Leblanc-Bazinet


14. “The hardest financial skill is getting the goalpost to stop moving. But it’s one of the most important. If expectations rise with results there is no logic in striving for more because you’ll feel the same after putting in extra effort. It gets dangerous when the taste of having more—more money, more power, more prestige—increases ambition faster than satisfaction.”


15. “When setting expectations, no matter what has been said or written, if substandard performance is accepted and no one is held accountable—if there are no consequences—that poor performance becomes the new standard.”


16. University is a time of excitement, nerves and expectations. But for some students, exam week can be one of the most stressful, with fears about exams bringing exhaustion, headaches and even nausea. The good news is that with some forward planning and determination, you can get through it and feel calmer when it’s all over.


17. ‘Mama, it is okay to lower your expectations about what you can accomplish in a day. Some days, it will take everything you’ve got to keep your baby safe, warm, fed, and loved. And that is more than enough.’


18. "Trade your expectations for appreciation and the world changes for you."


19. Transform your expectations into appreciations and your world will change in an instant.


20. “To experience true happiness, two things are essential: zero expectations and let go attitude.” ⁠—Invajy


21. Pondering on large ideas or standing in front of things which remind us of a vast scale can free us from acquisitiveness and competitiveness and from our likes and dislikes. If we sit with an increasing stillness of the body, and attune our mind to the sky or to the ocean or to the myriad stars at night, or any other indicators of vastness, the mind gradually stills and the heart is filled with quiet joy. Also recalling our own experiences in which we acted generously or with compassion for the simple delight of it without expectation of any gain can give us more confidence in the existence of a deeper goodness from which we may deviate. (39)” – Ravi Ravindra


22. Love isn’t about expectations.


23. “No matter how long you have been waiting, the man God has for you will surpass your expectations. You will meet him when god says so. Not a minute early, not a moment later.” ― Michelle McKinney Hammond


24. “Company Culture is the product of a company’s values, expectations and environment.”


25. “If expectations rise with results there is no logic in striving for more because you’ll feel the same after putting in extra effort.”


26. “A desert is a place without expectation.” – Nadine Gordimer


27. “Communicating our expectations is brave and vulnerable. And it builds meaningful connection and often leads to having a partner or friend who we can reality-check with.”


28. “Successful people constantly focus on what they want with positive expectation while unsuccessful people focus on what they don’t want or what they lack.”


29. “A man with dreams needs a woman with vision. Her perspective, faith, and support will change his reality. If she doesn’t challenge you, then she’s no good for you. Men who want to stay ordinary will tell you not to have expectations of them. Men who want to be great will expect you to push them, pray with them, and invest in them.”


30. “when it comes to standards, as a leader, it’s not what you preach, it’s what you tolerate. When setting expectations, no matter what has been said or written, if substandard performance is accepted and no one is held accountable—if”


31. “Integrity is the value we set on ourselves. It is a fulfillment of the duty we owe ourselves. An honorable man or woman will personally commit to live up to certain self-imposed expectations. They need no outside check or control. They are honorable in their inner core.” ~ James E. Faust


32. “Like a Columbus of the heart, mind and soul I have hurled myself off the shores of my own fears and limiting beliefs to venture far out into the uncharted territories of my inner truth, in search of what it means to be genuine and at peace with who I really am. I have abandoned the masquerade of living up to the expectations of others and explored the new horizons of what it means to be truly and completely me, in all my amazing imperfection and most splendid insecurity.” ― Anthon St. Maarten


33. Who hurt you? My own expectations. — Unknown


34. “What behaviors are rewarded? Punished? Where and how are people actually spending their resources (time, money, attention)? What rules and expectations are followed, enforced, and ignored? Do people feel safe and supported talking about how they feel and asking for what they need? What are the sacred cows? Who is most likely to tip them? Who stands the cows back up? What stories are legend and what values do they convey? What happens when someone fails, disappoints, or makes a mistake? How is vulnerability (uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure) perceived? How prevalent are shame and blame and how are they showing up? What’s the collective tolerance for discomfort? Is the discomfort of learning, trying new things, and giving and receiving feedback normalized, or is there a high premium put on comfort (and how does that look)?”


35. “Questions I’ve found helpful: What is one good thing I’ve learned from this? What was a downside to this situation that I can be thankful is no longer my burden to carry? What were the unrealistic expectations I had, and how can I better manage these next time? What do I need to do to boost my courage to pursue future opportunities? What is one positive change I could make in my attitude about the future? What are some lingering negative feelings about this situation that I need to pray through and shake off to be better prepared to move forward? What is one thing God has been asking me to do today to make tomorrow easier?”


36. “There is no such sense of solitude as that which we experience upon the silent and vast elevations of great mountains. Lifted high above the level of human sounds and habitations, among the wild expanses and colossal features of Nature, we are thrilled in our loneliness with a strange fear and elation – an ascent above the reach of life’s expectations or companionship, and the tremblings of a wild and undefined misgivings.” — Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu


37. “Customers hold brands to a higher level of expectation, resulting in brand trust declines. As such, 83% of consumers refuse to do business with brands they do not trust. To build trust, brands must focus on exhibiting transparency, warmth, honesty, and reliability.” (Gartner)


38. “When you give and you have expectations - you're a manipulator. Not a giver.”


39. “High expectations are the key to absolutely everything.” – Sam Walton


40. To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves - there lies the great, singular power of self-respect. — Joan Didion


41. “SECTION IV: CALIBRATED QUESTIONS Prepare three to five calibrated questions to reveal value to you and your counterpart and identify and overcome potential deal killers. Effective negotiators look past their counterparts’ stated positions (what the party demands) and delve into their underlying motivations (what is making them want what they want). Motivations are what they are worried about and what they hope for, even lust for. Figuring out what the other party is worried about sounds simple, but our basic human expectations about negotiation often get in the way. Most of us tend to assume that the needs of the other side conflict with our own. We tend to limit our field of vision to our issues and problems, and forget that the other side has its own unique issues based on its own unique worldview. Great negotiators get past these blinders by being relentlessly curious about what is really motivating the other side. Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling has a great quote that sums up this concept: “You must accept the reality of other people. You think that reality is up for negotiation, that we think it’s whatever you say it is. You must accept that we are as real as you are; you must accept that you are not God.” There will be a small group of “What” and “How” questions that you will find yourself using in nearly every situation. Here are a few of them: What are we trying to accomplish? How is that worthwhile? What’s the core issue here? How does that affect things? What’s the biggest challenge you face? How does this fit into what the objective is? QUESTIONS TO IDENTIFY BEHIND-THE-TABLE DEAL KILLERS When implementation happens by committee, the support of that committee is key. You’ll want to tailor your calibrated questions to identify and unearth the motivations of those behind the table, including: How does this affect the rest of your team? How on board are the people not on this call? What do your colleagues see as their main challenges in this area? QUESTIONS TO IDENTIFY AND DIFFUSE DEAL-”


42. “Change your expectation for appreciation and the world changes instantly.” —Tony Robbins


43. “This Saturday will hit beyond your expectations if you believe the goodness of the Lord will guide all your activities as you kick off this day.”


44. ‘Life is … not about counting the losses and the lost expectations, but rather swimming, with as much grace as can be mustered, in the joy of all of it.’


45. “We must respect ourselves enough to break the pattern of placing unrealistic expectations on others. After all, people will not respect us more than we respect ourselves.”


46. “The characteristics of healthy boundaries include self-respect; non-tolerance of abuse or disrespect; responsibility for exploring and nurturing personal potential; two-way communication of wants, needs, and feelings; expectations of reciprocity; and sharing responsibility and power.”


47. “Unrealistic expectations are often the seeds of bitterly stuffed emotions.”


48. “I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.”


49. “Whereas some dwell on the bright side of life, enjoying an exciting spectrum of contingencies, and get all the breaks, others live in the confined inner court of their being, cramped within the fence of their mind. Only imagination may arouse a spark of expectation, stir up resilience and create an equitable prospect.”


50. Managing people is no mean feat but you rise above expectations each day. Keep up the hard work, and you will see huge results at the appropriate time. Good morning, boss.


51. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations.” – Ralph Marston


52. “When leaders who epitomize Extreme Ownership drive their teams to achieve a higher standard of performance, they must recognize that when it comes to standards, as a leader, it’s not what you preach, it’s what you tolerate. When setting expectations, no matter what has been said or written, if substandard performance is accepted and no one is held accountable—if there are no consequences—that poor performance becomes the new standard. Therefore, leaders must enforce standards. Consequences for failing need not be immediately severe, but leaders must ensure that tasks are repeated until the higher expected standard is achieved. Leaders must push the standards in a way that encourages and enables the team to utilize Extreme Ownership.”


53. “Reasoning does create a paradox: it leads both to more rule following and more rebelliousness. By explaining moral principles, parents encourage their children to comply voluntarily with rules that align with important values and to question rules that don’t. Good explanations enable children to develop a code of ethics that often coincides with societal expectations; when they don’t square up, children rely on the internal compass of values rather than the external compass of rules.”


54. “But as satisfaction improves beyond simply meeting expectations, all the way to exceeding expectations, loyalty naturally rises—exponentially. ” — Matthew Dixon


55. “Don’t live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable.” —Wendy Wasserstein, playwright


56. “What is it about our expectations, plans, or ideas that hold such sway over us? It is as if we’ve written a script for a play of our lives that runs about a month ahead of actual life; if reality varies from what we’ve created in our minds we disengage or pout.”- Holly Sprink


57. “When your heart feels heavy, drop an expectation of yourself. When your mind is racing, take the time to get it all out. And when self


58. “But life isn't fun without a sense of enough. Happiness, as it's said, is just results minus expectations”


59. “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”-Princess Diana


60. “Quiet stars and the still of expectation. The eucalyptus branches heavy with evening dew, their feet shuffling woodchips, braiding eights in the silver grass, and edging hillocks from the first mulch of fall.” —Will Chancellor, writer. The autumn (or fall as American like to say) season can inspire some laughs, too—check out these fall memes.


61. “I say this to you now: I love you, with no beginning, no end. I love you as you have become an extra necessary organ in my body. I love you as only a girl could love a boy. Without fear. Without expectations. Wanting nothing in return, except that you allow me to keep you here in my heart, that I may always know your strength, your eyes, and your spirit that gave me freedom and let me fly.” ― Jamie Weise


62. You can exceed your expectations


63. “I love you, with no beginning, no end. I love you as you have become an extra necessary organ in my body. I love you as only a girl could love a boy. Without fear. Without expectations. Wanting nothing in return, except that you allow me to keep you here in my heart, that I may always know your strength, your eyes, and your spirit that gave me freedom and let me fly.” – Coco J. Ginger


64. “You’ll learn to lower your expectations about what you can accomplish in a day. Some days, it will be all you can do to keep a baby safe, warm, and fed, and that will be enough.”


65. “With every sunset, a new hope is born and an old expectation dies.”


66. “When setting expectations, no matter what has been said or written, if substandard performance is accepted and no one is held accountable — if there are no consequences — that poor performance becomes the new standard. Therefore, leaders must enforce standards.” – Jocko Willink


67. No, it's not wrong to need people. But some of our biggest disappointments in life are the result of expectations we have of others that they can't ever possibly meet. - Author: Lysa TerKeurst


68. “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” —Princess Diana. This has to be one of Princess Diana’s most inspiring quotes.


69. “There is an emerging fourth generation that is different in kind. It recognizes that 'time management' is really a misnomer - the challenge is not to manage time, but to manage ourselves. Satisfaction is a function of expectation as well as realization.”


70. “Confidence isn’t optimism or pessimism. and it’s not a character attribute. It’s the expectation of a positive outcome.” – Rosabeth Moss Kanter


71. Heart filled with gratitude for my 37th birthday, thoughts filled with hope and beautiful expectations for the new age.


72. “The greatest loss of time is delay and expectation, which depend upon the future. We let go the present, which we have in our power, and look forward to that which depends upon chance, and so relinquish a certainty for an uncertainty.“


73. Princess Diana says here that when you give without expectation, that can be the reward.


74. “With every sunset a new hope is born, and an old expectation dies.” – Noor Unnahar


75. “Segue This is the transition from a full 90 days of working hard in the business to starting to work on the business. Each person should share three things: (1) best business and personal news in the last 90 days, (2) what is working and not working in the organization, and (3) expectations for the day. Not only will this elevate everyone to working on the business, but it will also help set the stage for the quarterly meeting.”


76. “The key is to set realistic customer expectations, and then not to just meet them, but to exceed them — preferably in unexpected and helpful ways.” – Richard Branson


77. “Confidence isn’t optimism or pessimism, and it’s not a character attribute. It’s the expectation of a positive outcome.” – Rosabeth Moss Kante


78. “The expectation of intelligent gossip is a powerful motive for serious self-criticism, more powerful than New Year resolutions to improve one's decision making at work and at home.”


79. “Don’t let the expectations and opinions of other people affect your decisions. It’s your life, not theirs. Do what matters most to you; do what makes you feel alive and happy. Don’t let the expectations and ideas of others limit who you are. If you let others tell you who you are, you are living their reality — not yours. There is more to life than pleasing people. There is much more to life than following others’ prescribed path. There is so much more to life than what you experience right now. You need to decide who you are for yourself. Become a whole being. Adventure.” ― Roy T. Bennett


80. “Overconfidence is a failure of imagination. Imagine an alternative to your expectation, and your judgment improves.”


81. When setting expectations, no matter what has been said or written, if substandard performance is accepted and no one is held accountable—if there are no consequences—that poor performance becomes the new standard. Therefore, leaders must enforce standards.


82. “I only share when I have no unmet needs that I’m trying to fill. I firmly believe that being vulnerable with a larger audience is only a good idea if the healing is tied to the sharing, not to the expectations I might have for the response I get.”


83. “Regression effects are ubiquitous, and so are misguided causal stories to explain them. A well-known example is the “Sports Illustrated jinx,” the claim that an athlete whose picture appears on the cover of the magazine is doomed to perform poorly the following season. Overconfidence and the pressure of meeting high expectations are often offered as explanations. But there is a simpler account of the jinx: an athlete who gets to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated must have performed exceptionally well in the preceding season, probably with the assistance of a nudge from luck—and luck is fickle. I happened to watch the men’s ski jump event in the Winter Olympics while Amos and I were writing an article about intuitive prediction. Each athlete has two jumps in the event, and the results are combined for the final score. I was startled to hear the sportscaster’s comments while athletes were preparing for their second jump: “Norway had a great first jump; he will be tense, hoping to protect his lead and will probably do worse” or “Sweden had a bad first jump and now he knows he has nothing to lose and will be relaxed, which should help him do better.” The commentator had obviously detected regression to the mean and had invented a causal story for which there was no evidence. The story itself could even be true. Perhaps if we measured the athletes’ pulse before each jump we might find that they are indeed more relaxed after a bad first jump. And perhaps not. The point to remember is that the change from the first to the second jump does not need a causal explanation. It is a mathematically inevitable consequence of the fact that luck played a role in the outcome of the first jump. Not a very satisfactory story—we would all prefer a causal account—but that is all there is.”


84. “Thinking for yourself and making your own decisions can be frightening. Letting go of other people’s expectations can leave you feeling empty for a time. And yet seeing yourself as an independent adult who can stand up for your own choices frees you to accept yourself as you are. ” – Ellen Bass


85. “One of the obstacles in gaining traction and achieving your vision is that roles, responsibilities, expectations, and job descriptions are unclear due to structural issues.”


86. “To experience true happiness, two things are quintessential: zero expectations and let go attitude.” ~ Invajy


87. “Perfectionism never happens in a vacuum. It touches everyone around us. We pass it down to our children, we infect our workplace with impossible expectations, and it’s suffocating for our friends and families. Thankfully, compassion also spreads quickly. When we’re kind to ourselves, we create a reservoir of compassion that we can extend to others.”


88. “Modern capitalism is a pro at two things: generating wealth and generating envy. Perhaps they go hand in hand; wanting to surpass your peers can be the fuel of hard work. But life isn’t any fun without a sense of enough. Happiness, as it’s said, is just results minus expectations.”


89. “I love you, with no beginning, no end. I love you as you have become an extra necessary organ in my body. I love you as only a girl could love a boy. Without fear. Without expectations. Wanting nothing in return, except that you allow me to keep you here in my heart, that I may always know your strength, your eyes, and your spirit that gave me freedom and let me fly.“ -Coco J. Ginger


90. “While the third generation has made a significant contribution, people have begun to realize that ‘efficient’ scheduling and control of time are often counterproductive. The efficiency focus creates expectations that clash with the opportunities to develop rich relationships, to meet human needs, and to enjoy spontaneous moments on a daily basis.”


91. “With every sunset, a new hope is born, and old expectation dies.”


92. Unrealistic expectations are things the other person isn't able or willing to do for me. I have to let go of these. - Author: Lysa TerKeurst


93. “To limit our lives to our past experiences is to cheat ourselves from developing our potential and increasing our possibilities for success. Mark Twain said, “If a cat sits on a hot stove, it will never sit on a hot stove again. Of course, it will never sit on a cold one either.” Forget your past failures and begin to enlarge your expectations for tomorrow.”


94. It is not easy to be a father…. You have to make many sacrifices to do the best for your children and I am sure you will surpass all the expectations that we have from you…. Sending my love on the occasion of Father’s Day to you.


95. Mind you, the challenges may set in when he faces unrealistic expectations or verbal discouragement from the very people he serves. Hence the reason why he needs your prayers and encouragement, just as you need and expect that support from him.


96. If you are building a culture where honest expectations are communicated and peer accountability is the norm, then the group will address poor performance and attitudes.


97. “New beginnings. They bring with them all sorts of expectations, emotions, and challenges. Myself, I have always cherished those times; if we allow them to, they can be opportunities for the future.”― Chaker Khazaal


98. “More information is always better than less. When people know the reason things are happening, even if it’s bad news, they can adjust their expectations and react accordingly. Keeping people in the dark only serves to stir negative emotions.” – Simon Sinek


99. Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.


100. “A desert is a place without expectation.“


101. “Balance suggests a perfect equilibrium. There is no such thing. That is a false expectation. … There are going to be priorities and dimensions of your life, how you integrate them is how you find true happiness.” – Denise Morrison, former President and CEO of Campbell Soup Company


102. “The rich and interactive experiences we have come to expect on mobile apps have created new standards and expectations for all digital media including the web. The result is websites are evolving to become more app-like in their rich functionality.” – Raj Aggarwal


103. Happy birthday, son! We’ve watched you grow into an amazing man. May the year ahead continue to exceed your expectations!


104. “You were hired because you met expectations, you will be promoted if you can exceed them.”— Saji Ijiyemi


105. Being in control of your life and having realistic expectations about your day-to-day challenges are the keys to stress management, which is perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy, healthy and rewarding life.–Marilu Henner


106. “High expectations are the key to everything.” – Sam Walton


107. “In a consumer society, expectations dare not plateau, because a growing economy depends on rising expectations… The more we let our level of contentment be determined by outside factors-a new car, fashionable clothes, a prestigious career, social status-the more we relinquish control over our own happiness.” ~ Paul Brand


108. Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you. – Princess Diana


109. “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” —Princess DianaRD.COM


110. “Work ethic must exceed the expectation level.” ~ Tom Coughlin


111. “All external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”


112. “So, why do you keep experiencing negative emotions? I believe it’s because reality fails to meet your expectations.”


113. Be unto Tuesday in expectation and commitment as unto Monday when vigorousness abounded. Byron Pulsifer


114. “The halo effect helps keep explanatory narratives simple and coherent by exaggerating the consistency of evaluations: good people do only good things and bad people are all bad. The statement “Hitler loved dogs and little children” is shocking no matter how many times you hear it, because any trace of kindness in someone so evil violates the expectations set up by the halo effect. Inconsistencies reduce the ease of our thoughts and the clarity of our feelings.”


115. “With every sunset a new hope is born, and an old expectation dies.”


116. “You know that great pause that comes upon things before the dusk, even the breeze stops in the trees. To me there is always an air of expectation about that evening stillness.”


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23. “Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn’t you- all of the expectations, all of the beliefs – and becoming who are you” -Rachel Naomi Remen




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118. Never get too attached to someone because attachments lead to expectations, and expectations lead to disappointment.


119. The key is to set realistic customer expectations, and then not to just meet them, but to exceed them — preferably in unexpected and helpful ways.” – Richard Branson


120. I live each day trying to transform my expectations into appreciations.


121. “You don’t need to live to fulfill other’s expectations. Live for yourself, love yourself and do not let them tell you that it is selfish.”


122. “Every day is a chance to begin again. Don’t focus on the failures of yesterday, start today with positive thoughts and expectations.”


123. “The quality of a person’s life is most often a direct reflection of the expectations of their peer group.” – Tony Robbins


124. “Someone asked me, "Who hurt you so badly?" I replied, "my own expectations.”


125. “The experiment shows that individuals feel relieved of responsibility when they know that others have heard the same request for help. Did the results surprise you? Very probably. Most of us think of ourselves as decent people who would rush to help in such a situation, and we expect other decent people to do the same. The point of the experiment, of course, was to show that this expectation is wrong. Even normal, decent people do not rush to help when they expect others to take on the unpleasantness of dealing”


126. They treat everyone from the old lady down the street, to the postman, the dog and whoever else has no romantic expectations of them with decency, but when it comes to you, they’re an assclown.


127. It’s not just a feeling of worry and stress; some people will panic as they start an exam. This can lead to panic attacks, which are even more overwhelming than the feeling you’re experiencing. The panic symptoms may be so severe that you don’t want to leave the house, so you can avoid the expectation of seeing someone and having to explain what’s happening.


128. “The New York Times wrote in 1955 about the growing desire, but continued inability, to retire: “To rephrase an old saying: everyone talks about retirement, but apparently very few do anything about it.”6 It was not until the 1980s that the idea that everyone deserves, and should have, a dignified retirement took hold. And the way to get that dignified retirement ever since has been an expectation that everyone will save and invest their own money. Let me reiterate how new this idea is: The 401(k)—the backbone savings vehicle of American retirement—did not exist until 1978. The Roth IRA was not born until 1998.”


129. I am sick of being nice. I am sick of feeling awkward, of thinking about how people perceive me when I do not fit their expectations.


130. “Exceeding expectations is where satisfaction ends and loyalty begins.” – Ron Kaufman


131. “You don’t need to live to fulfil other’s expectations. Live for yourself, love yourself and do not let them tell you that it is selfish.”


132. “The way of love is the way of no-expectation. Love exists only when there is a total acceptance and no desire to change anything. ” — Osho


133. “I’ve come to the conclusion that the way we engage with social media is like fire—you can use them to keep yourself warm and nourished, or you can burn down the barn. It all depends on your intentions, expectations, and reality-checking skills.”


134. A brand is the set of expectations, memories, stories and relationships that, taken together, account for a consumer’s decision to choose one product or service over another.– Seth Godin


135. An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality.


136. “Unusual events (such as botulism) attract disproportionate attention and are consequently perceived as less unusual than they really are. The world in our heads is not a precise replica of reality; our expectations about the frequency of events are distorted by the prevalence and emotional intensity of the messages to which we are exposed.”


137. “When we create something, we always create it first in a thought form. If we are basically positive in attitude, expecting and envisioning pleasure, satisfaction and happiness, we will attract and create people, situations, and events which conform to our positive expectations.”


138. “So, the stories of Acts are our stories, and we read them with expectation and eagerness: stories of the Holy Spirit’s power, enabling ordinary disciples to do extraordinary things for God. … The hermeneutic of the typical Pentecostal believer is straightforward and simple: the stories in Acts are my stories—stories that were written to serve as models for shaping my life and experience.”


139. Don't live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable. — Wendy Wasserstein


140. Deepak Chopra – “The universe has no restrictions. You place restrictions on the universe with your expectations.”


141. “I never felt outside pressure. I knew what I wanted to accomplish, and I knew how much work it took to achieve those goals. I then put in the work and trusted in it. Besides, the expectations I placed on myself were higher than what anyone expected from me.”


142. “Don’t live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable.”


143. “It’s not about losing weight; it’s about finding and listening to your authentic self. Under that constant battle with food, the shame, and the unrealistic superficial expectations lies your authentic self who knows what’s right for you. And how you want to feel. Find her.”


144. “To experience true happiness, two things are essential: zero expectations and let go attitude.” ~ Invajy


145. “the Black Swan symbolizes the uselessness of predictions based on previous experience. Black Swans are events or pieces of knowledge that sit outside our regular expectations and therefore cannot be predicted.”


146. “Don’t live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable.” – Wendy Wasserstein.


147. “Unrealistic expectations are things the other person isn’t able or willing to do for me. I have to let go of these.”


148. Confidence isn’t optimism or pessimism, and it’s not a character attribute. It’s the expectation of a positive outcome.


149. “Be unto Tuesday in expectation and commitment as unto Monday when vigorousness abounded.” — Byron Pulsifer


150. “Fidelity. Bravery. and Integrity set the expectations for behavior; they set a standard for our work. More than just a motto. for the men and women of the FBI. Fidelity. Bravery. and Integrity is a way of life.”


151. Instead, a helpful approach is to take things step-by-step and focus on making good decisions today. This way, you can achieve many small wins. Over time, these small wins build up into larger gains. Think about the positive things that you can accomplish today. Adopting this mindset can also be beneficial to those with loved ones in recovery. Once your loved one stops using drugs and alcohol, you may expect them to simply “get better” overnight. However, recovery is a process. Bearing the weight of others’ expectations can actually be counterproductive to one’s recovery. If your parent, significant other, daughter or son struggles with addiction and you want to support their recovery, rather than adding additional pressure, help keep your loved one focused on the present and provide positive reinforcement by recognizing what they have accomplished thus far.


152. “To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves – there lies the great, singular power of self-respect.” – Joan Didion


153. “I’m not in the world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in the world to live up to mine.” - Bruce Lee, Martial arts legend


154. “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” -Princess Diana


155. “Setting boundaries doesn’t make me mean. I can set limits and expectations for my life and still be ‘nice’. Considering your wishes doesn’t mean I have to do what you think I should do. My feelings and thoughts are part of the decision. And if you don’t like it, that belongs to you.”


156. Sure, work can be daunting at times. When we don’t live up to other people’s expectations (or our own expectations), we tend to get sad and disappointed.


157. "The silence in the morning holds lots of expectations and is more hopeful than the silence at night.” — Victoria Durnak


158. "Thursday is one day closer to my expectation that everything I have done through the week culminates in progress.”


159. An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality. –Brian Tracy


160. “Stop holding people to higher expectations than you have for yourself.” – Eric Thomas


161. “Keep calm when things don’t go according to your expectations! Beautiful things always meet friction!” ―Ernest Agyemang Yeboah


162. “Finding balance in motherhood means letting go of expectations and accepting imperfections.”-unknown


163. “Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others.”


164. “I only share when I have no unmet needs that I'm trying to fill. I firmly believe that being vulnerable with a larger audience is only a good idea if the healing is tied to the sharing, not to the expectations I might have for the response I get.”


165. “When life offers you a dream so far beyond any of your expectations, it’s not reasonable to grieve when it comes to an end.”


166. “When setting expectations, no matter what has been said or written, if substandard performance is accepted and no one is held accountable—if there are no consequences—that poor performance becomes the new standard. Therefore, leaders must enforce standards.” – Jocko Willink


167. “Ten Principles for Success Strive to be a leader of character, competence, and courage. Lead from the front. Say, “Follow me!” and then lead the way. Stay in top physical shape—physical stamina is the root of mental toughness. Develop your team. If you know your people, are fair in setting realistic goals and expectations, and lead by example, you will develop teamwork. Delegate responsibility to your subordinates and let them do their jobs. You can’t do a good job if you don’t have a chance to use your imagination or your creativity. Anticipate problems and prepare to overcome obstacles. Don’t wait until you get to the top of the ridge and then make up your mind. Remain humble. Don’t worry about who receives the credit. Never let power or authority go to your head. Take a moment of self-reflection. Look at yourself in the mirror every night and ask yourself if you did your best. True satisfaction comes from getting the job done. The key to a successful leader is to earn respect—not because of rank or position, but because you are a leader of character. Hang Tough!—Never, ever, give up.”


168. “In addition, surround yourself with people who won’t put up with your usual baloney. Don’t join an easy crowd. Go where the expectations are high, where the pressure to perform is high. That, too, is part of your overall strategy for wealth and happiness.”


169. “High expectations are the key to everything.”


170. “The key is to set realistic customer expectations, and then not to just meet them, but to exceed them – preferably in unexpected and helpful ways.”


171. “We must respect ourselves enough to break the pattern of placing unrealistic expectations on others.”


172. “Confidence isn’t optimism or pessimism, and it’s not a character attribute. It’s the expectation of a positive outcome.”– Rosabeth Moss Kanter


173. “Giving with strings of secret expectations attached is the greatest invitation to heartbreak. That's not love. That's manipulation.”


174. "Thursday is one day closer to my expectation that everything I have done through the week culminates in progress.” — Byron Pulsifer


175. I may have taught you how to be a good man, but you taught me how to be a great parent. Your expectations always made me try harder to be the kind of person you would be proud of.


176. “High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.” — Charles F. Kettering, American inventor and engineer.


177. “When you showed someone how you felt, it was fresh and honest. When you told someone how you felt, there might be nothing behind the words but habit or expectation.”


178. “Love is one of the most powerful healing tools in the universe. Most people forget to use it to build rapport, to deepen their relatedness, and to mend the upset that underlies disagreement and expectation. Sprinkle more love and you will heal only 100% of the time.” Monika Zands


179. “Romantic relationships are based on expectations and responsibilities. Professional relationships are based on gains and losses. But friendship is based on smiles and laughter. Good morning my friend.”


180. “True generosity is an offering; given freely and out of pure love. No strings attached. No expectations. Time and love are the most valuable possession you can share. ” – Suze Orman


181. “We can each define ambition and progress for ourselves. The goal is to work toward a world where expectations are not set by the stereotypes that hold us back, but by our personal passion, talents, and interests.” ~ Sheryl Sandberg


182. “The chief symptom of adolescence is a state of expectation, a tendency towards creative work and a need for the strengthening of self-confidence. ”


183. “I would like to sincerely thank you for such a fantastic opportunity. I appreciate your faith in my abilities and will certainly do my very best to meet your expectations.”


184. “No, it’s not wrong to need people. But some of our biggest disappointments in life are the result of expectations we have of others that they can’t ever possibly meet. That’s when the desire to connect becomes an unrealistic need. Unrealistic neediness is actually greediness in disguise.”


185. “Culture drives expectations and beliefs. Expectations and beliefs drive behaviors. Behaviors drive habits and habits create the future.”


186. Life blessed me with a king even when I only asked for a man. Happy birthday to the king that makes my dream come true and surpasses my expectation.


187. “2. Innovation is both conceptual and perceptual. The second imperative of innovation is therefore to go out to look, to ask, to listen. This cannot be stressed too often. Successful innovators use both the right side and the left side of their brains. They look at figures, and they look at people. They work out analytically what the innovation has to be to satisfy an opportunity. And then they go out and look at the customers, the users, to see what their expectations, their values, their needs are. Receptivity can be perceived, as can values. One can perceive that this or that approach will not fit in with the expectations or the habits of the people who have to use it. And then one can ask: ‘What does this innovation have to reflect so that the people who have to use it will want to use it, and see in it their opportunity?’ Otherwise one runs the risk of having the right innovation in the wrong form”


188. When your love is pure or spiritual, there is no demand, no expectation. There is only the sweetest feeling of spontaneous oneness with the human being or beings concerned. - Author: Sri Chinmoy


189. “Don’t join an easy crowd; you won’t grow. Go where the expectations and the demands to perform are high.”


190. “Resentment is the feeling of frustration, judgment, anger, “better than,” and/ or hidden envy related to perceived unfairness or injustice. It’s an emotion that we often experience when we fail to set boundaries or ask for what we need, or when expectations let us down because they were based on things we can’t control, like what other people think, what they feel, or how they’re going to react.”


191. “Few companies that installed computers to reduce the employment of clerks have realized their expectations… They now need more and more expensive clerks, even though they call them ‘operators’ or ‘programmers.” — Peter Drucker


192. “Granted, we may try to help our own family members because they share our DNA. Or help someone else in expectation that they will help us later. But when you look at what we admire as the most generous manifestations of altruism, they are not based on kin selection or reciprocity. An extreme example might be Oskar Schindler risking his life to save more than a thousand Jews from the gas chambers. That’s the opposite of saving his genes.” ~ Richard Dawkins


193. Lower your expectations of earth. This isn't heaven, so don't expect it to be. Max Lucado


194. High expectations are the key to everything.”- Sam Walton.High expectations are the key to everything.”- Sam Walton


195. “The statement “Hitler loved dogs and little children” is shocking no matter how many times you hear it, because any trace of kindness in someone so evil violates the expectations set up by the halo effect.”


196. “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”


197. “High expectations are the key to everything.” – Sam Walton, Walmart founder


198. “If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome. ” – Michael Jordan


199. “A desert is a place without expectation.”


200. “Being swayed by people playing a different game can also throw off how you think you’re supposed to spend your money. So much consumer spending, particularly in developed countries, is socially driven: subtly influenced by people you admire, and done because you subtly want people to admire you. But while we can see how much money other people spend on cars, homes, clothes, and vacations, we don’t get to see their goals, worries, and aspirations. A young lawyer aiming to be a partner at a prestigious law firm might need to maintain an appearance that I, a writer who can work in sweatpants, have no need for. But when his purchases set my own expectations, I’m wandering down a path of potential disappointment because I’m spending the money without the career boost he’s getting. We might not even have different styles. We’re just playing a different game. It took me years to figure this out. A takeaway here is that few things matter more with money than understanding your own time horizon and not being persuaded by the actions and behaviors of people playing different games than you are.”


201. “Live one day at a time. Keep your attention in present time. Have no expectations. Make no judgments. And give up the need to know why things happen as they do. Give it up!”


202. “Make each day count by setting specific goals to succeed, then putting forth every effort to exceed your own expectations.” – Les Brown


203. “It will always be difficult for an old soul to satisfy the expectations of the new culture; because as an old soul, you will always prefer to fall in love with everything that has a soul too.” – Samiha Totanji


204. “To create a garden is to search for a better world. In our effort to improve on nature, we are guided by a vision of paradise. Whether the result is a horticultural masterpiece or only a modest vegetable patch, it is based on the expectation of a glorious future. This hope for the future is at the heart of all gardening.” — Marina Schinz


205. “If expectations rise with results there is no logic in striving for more because you’ll feel the same after putting in extra effort. It gets dangerous when the taste of having more—more money, more power, more prestige— increases ambition faster than satisfaction. In that case one step forward pushes the goalpost two steps ahead. You feel as if you’re falling behind, and the only way to catch up is to take greater and greater amounts of risk.”


206. “I come here with no expectations, only to profess, now that I am at liberty to do so, that my heart is and always will be…yours.” – Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility


207. “It’s a good place when all you have is hope and not expectations.”


208. “Don't let the expectations and opinions of other people affect your decisions. It's your life, not theirs. Do what matters most to you; do what makes you feel alive and happy. Don't let the expectations and ideas of others limit who you are. If you let others tell you who you are, you are living their reality — not yours. There is more to life than pleasing people. There is much more to life than following others' prescribed path. There is so much more to life than what you experience right now. You need to decide who you are for yourself. Become a whole being. Adventure.”


209. If you lower your expectations, you limit your disappointment.


210. “If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you’ll never change the outcome.”– Michael Jordan


211. You are my dream come true and I am so grateful to be able to live my life with you. I hope your day exceeds your expectations, and I can’t wait to see you later.


212. “Thrift shopping is all about going into the thrift shop and having no expectation of what you might find.”


213. “There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow.” ~ O.S. Marden


214. “I am glad that our love has grown beyond our expectations. Thank you for everything, I appreciate it so much.”


215. “If God always met our expectations, He’d never be able to exceed them. ”


216. “A hurtful statement can be called a mistake. But a repeated pattern of hurtful statements or uncaring attitudes or even unjust expectations is much more than a mistake. These patterns are misuses of the purposes of a relationship. Why is this so crucial to understand? Because unchecked misuse of a relationship can quickly turn into abuse in a relationship.”


217. “Today is another day, full of new expectations and hopes, but the only thing stable in my life, every single day, is my love for you. I can’t wait to kiss and hug you! Good morning, my love!”


218. “Balance suggests a perfect equilibrium. There is no such thing. That is a false expectation…. There are going to be priorities and dimensions of your life; how you integrate them is how you find true happiness.”


219. “Each of your departmental heads should be better than you in his or her respective position. Of course, you will need to give them clear expectations and instill a system for effective communication and accountability. Once you have the right people in the right seats, let them run with it.”


220. What were the unrealistic expectations I had, and how can I better manage these next time? - Author: Lysa TerKeurst


221. “A desert is a place without expectation.”- Nadine Gordimer


222. “There is nothing like the thrill of expectation over the first cast in unfamiliar waters. Fishing is like gambling, in that failure only excites hope of a fortunate throw next time.” -Charles Dudley Warner


223. “There’s a victory in letting go of your expectations.” — Mike White


224. Help others without any reason and give without the expectation of receiving anything in return. – Roy T. Bennett


225. “Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. Don’t over-analyze your relationships. Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness. “


226. “From a daughter we are given happy and beautiful memories of days before, the melodies of the heart in those moments of the present, and the hopeful expectations of what will be in the future.” – Byron Pulsifer


227. “Work ethic must exceed the expectation level.” – Tom Coughlin


228. Hope that your life will be filled up with miracles, bright expectations and delightful moments! Happy Birthday, my biggest treasure!


229. “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” — Princess Diana


230. “Life is . . . not about counting the losses and the lost expectations, but rather swimming, with as much grace as can be mustered, in the joy of all of it.” – Leisa Hammett


231. An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality


232. “relationships, to meet human needs, and to enjoy spontaneous moments on a daily basis. As a result, many people have become turned off by time management programs and planners that make them feel too scheduled, too restricted, and they “throw the baby out with the bath water,” reverting to first or second generation techniques to preserve relationships, spontaneity, and quality of life. But there is an emerging fourth generation that is different in kind. It recognizes that “time management” is really a misnomer—the challenge is not to manage time, but to manage ourselves. Satisfaction is a function of expectation as well as realization. And expectation (and satisfaction) lie in our Circle of Influence. Rather than focusing on things and time, fourth generation expectations focus on preserving and enhancing relationships and on accomplishing results—in short, on maintaining the P/PC Balance. QUADRANT II”


233. “Integrity is conforming reality to our words – in other words, keeping promises and fulfilling expectations.” ~ Stephen Covey


234. “I’m Natalie Lue, and I’m a recovering people pleaser. Suppressing and repressing my needs, desires, expectations, feelings, and opinions to try to influence and control other people’s feelings and behaviour was as natural to me as breathing.” This is the opening of my new book, The Joy of Saying No: A Simple Plan to Stop People Pleasing, Reclaim Boundaries, & Say Yes to the Life You Want. As I also explain in the book, a recovering people pleaser is “someone who recognises they’ve had the habit but is committed to getting to know it and themselves so that they can break the pattern.” And that’s what I’ve been doing for over seventeen years, and I share everything I’ve learned in my book, which comes out in January 👏🏾🎉 I’m wearing a sweatshirt which I designed and got made by my bro @richardllue 👏🏾❤️ Pre-order and listen to the first chapter at the links in my bio. #healthyboundaries #peoplepleaser #codependentnomore #thejoyofsayingno


235. “There are several kinds of incongruity: – An incongruity between the economic realities of an industry (or of a public-service area); – An incongruity between the reality of an industry (or of a public-service area) and the assumptions about it; – An incongruity between the efforts of an industry (or a public-service area) and the values and expectations of its customers; – An internal incongruity within the rhythm or the logic of a process.”


236. Though you are gone, your spirit of excellence will live on through us. I promise to live up to all your expectations and give you the biggest smile in heaven. In the meantime, we will forever miss you.


237. “Our mission statement about treating people with respect and dignity is not just words but a creed we live by every day. You can’t expect your employees to exceed the expectations of your customers if you don’t exceed the employees’ expectations of management.”


238. “In Athens I was 17 and I didn’t have any expectations. I was just swimming fast and racing everybody.” – Laure Manaudou


239. "Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” – Princess Diana


240. “Have an attitude of postive expectation.” – Germany Kent


241. “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” ~ Princess Diana


242. “Don’t let the expectations and ideas of others limit who you are. If you let others tell you who you are. you are living their reality — not yours. There is more to life than pleasing people.”


243. “It is smart to have a deep appreciation for economic and investing history. History helps us calibrate our expectations, study where people tend to go wrong, and offers a rough guide of what tends to work. But it is not, in any way, a map of the future.“


244. “A desert is a place without expectation.” — Nadine Gordimer


245. “I only share when I have no unmet needs that I'm trying to fill. I firmly believe that being vulnerable with a larger audience is only a good idea if the healing is tied to the sharing. not to the expectations I might have for the response I get.”


246. When we are satisfied with our past accomplishments, we cease to grow. Encourage those you lead to progress by setting high yet reasonable expectations. Give others challenges that will put them out of their comfort zone and reach for the next level of success. Great leaders celebrate and reward the achievements of those they lead while also encouraging them to continue to reach higher.


247. “Giving with strings of secret expectations attached is the greatest invitation to heartbreak. That’s not love. That’s manipulation. And it’s all so unrealistic.”


248. “expectations rise with results there is no logic in striving for more because you’ll feel the same after putting in extra effort.”


249. There is nothing like the thrill of expectation over the first cast in unfamiliar waters. Fishing is like gambling, in that failure only excites hope of a fortunate throw next time.


250. “I say this to you now: I love you, with no beginning, no end. I love you as you have become an extra necessary organ in my body. I love you as only a girl could love a boy. Without fear. Without expectations.” – Jamie Weise


251. “Ambiguity is the enemy. Set clear expectations of whatever deal or relationship you are entering into.”


252. “Culture drives expectations and beliefs; expectations and beliefs drive behavior; behavior drives habits; and habits create the future. It all starts with culture.”


253. “Numbers create accountability. When you set a number, everyone knows what the expectation is.”


254. If you lower you expectations, you limit your disappointment.


255. “The message of this book is that we tend to project our natural expectations about who God is onto him instead of fighting to let the Bible surprise us into what God himself says.”


256. “A desert is a place without expectation.“ – Nadine Gordimer


257. “High expectations are the key to everything.” -Sam Walton


258. “Culture consists of the shared purpose, attitudes, values, goals, practices, behaviors, and habits that define a team or organization. Many coaches focus only on the culture shared by the players, but the fact is that everyone in an organization shapes the culture. To be successful, you need everyone in your organization thinking, believing, talking, and behaving in sync. You need everyone to be aligned with the same beliefs, expectations, behaviors, and habits. Thomas and I learned quickly that the beliefs and behaviors of the past had to go and we needed to instill new ways of thinking and acting that everyone could follow.”


259. ”Liberation from taking on external expectations and finding balance with the heart’s desire are the gateway to healthy boundaries which lead to conscious relating.” ~ Ishtar Gonzalez


260. “Professional accountability is a good thing. Without it, excellence is merely a pipe dream and even average performance isn’t a realistic expectation.” — Leon F.


261. “Let your dreams outgrow the shoes of your expectations.” - Ryunosuke Satoro


262. “If you want to change your life in the fastest way possible, trade your expectations of others for appreciation.” ― Tony Robbins


263. “There is no such sense of solitude as that which we experience upon the silent and vast elevations of great mountains. Lifted high above the level of human sounds and habitations, among the wild expanses and colossal features of Nature, we are thrilled in our loneliness with a strange fear and elation – an ascent above the reach of life’s expectations or companionship, and the tremblings of a wild and undefined misgivings.” — J. Sheridan Le Fanu


264. The expectations I placed on myself were higher than what anyone expected from me. -Kobe Bryant


265. “Thursday is one day closer to my expectation that everything I have done through the week culminates in progress.” — Byron Pulsifer


266. “I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.” ― Bruce Lee


267. "There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow."— O. S. Marden


268. “High expectations are the key to absolutely everything.” – Sam Walton, CEO of Walmart 1962-1988


269. “Thinking for yourself and making your own decisions can be frightening. Letting go of other people’s expectations can leave you feeling empty for a time. And yet seeing yourself as an independent adult who can stand up for your own choices frees you to accept yourself as you are.”


270. You can’t have a relationship with someone hoping they’ll change. You have to be willing to commit to them as they are, with no expectations. And if they happen to choose to change at some point along the way, then that’s just a bonus.. — Neil Strauss


271. “All children need a laptop. Not a computer, but a human laptop. Moms, Dads, Grannies and Grandpas, Aunts, Uncles – someone to hold them, read to them, teach them. Loved ones who will embrace them and pass on the experience, rituals, and knowledge of a hundred previous generations. Loved ones who will pass to the next generation their expectations of them, their hopes, and their dreams.” – Colin Powell


272. “One of the best things a father can do for his daughter is let her know that she has met his expectations. My father did that for me, and no amount of effort on my part can fully repay the debt.“ – Lisa Wingate


273. “Decide you’ll only ask questions that help you move forward instead of feeling stuck in the reasons something happened. “What” questions increase our ability to become more self-aware, while “why” questions only focus on things out of our control. Pride loves to whisper, “It’s their issue. Not yours.” Insecurity loves to whisper, “You are a mess. You are the issue.” But what a tragedy it would be to suffer this hurt and refuse the precious and costly gifts of humility and maturity this situation could very well give you. Questions I’ve found helpful: What is one good thing I’ve learned from this? What was a downside to this situation that I can be thankful is no longer my burden to carry? What were the unrealistic expectations I had, and how can I better manage these next time? What do I need to do to boost my courage to pursue future opportunities? What is one positive change I could make in my attitude about the future? What are some lingering negative feelings about this situation that I need to pray through and shake off to be better prepared to move forward? What is one thing God has been asking me to do today to make tomorrow easier?”


274. “Checking the results of a decision against its expectations shows executives what their strengths are, where they need to improve, and where they lack knowledge or information.” – Peter Drucker Sayings


275. “There’s no straighter road to success than exceeding expectations one day at a time.”


276. “Even on factory assembly lines respect and trust between leaders and followers may inspire line workers to exceed design expectations and motivate them not to slack off. Respect for leaders by followers can't be mandated; it must be earned. It has to be given to leaders by their followers.”


277. “I love you, with no beginning, no end. I love you as you have become an extra necessary organ in my body. I love you as only a girl could love a boy. Without fear. Without expectations. Wanting nothing in return, except that you allow me to keep you here in my heart, that I may always know your strength, your eyes, and your spirit that gave me freedom and let me fly.“ – Coco J. Ginger


278. “Have great hopes and dare to go all out for them. Have great dreams and dare to live them. Have tremendous expectations and believe in them.”– Norman Vincent Peale


279. “High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.” – Charles Kettering


280. “it’s so important whenever you come into a new situation to get all the expectations out on the table.”


281. Autism is real. For your child, for you, for me. Autism is not a behaviour pattern or a phase that your child will “grow out of”; It is not just the creation of an over-protective parent or unrealistic expectations.


282. “A desert is a place without expectations.” – Nadine Gordimer


283. “To the Scripture writers, hope is the absolute expectation of coming good based on the character of God.”


284. “When Nice Guys put a woman or women on a pedestal and attempt to win their approval, sooner or later, this adoration will turn to rage when these objects of worship fail to live up to the Nice Guys’ expectations. This is why it is not unusual to hear a Nice Guy proclaim his undying love to a woman in one breath and then ragefully call her a “f. . . c. . .” only moments later.”—Robert A. Glover


285. “More information is always better than less. When people know the reason things are happening, even if it's bad news, they can adjust their expectations and react accordingly. Keeping people in the dark only serves to stir negative emotions.”


286. “Nobody is perfect, but you are perfect to me. You have exceeded all my expectations and gone above and beyond to prove how much you cherish this. Your heart is my anchor, and your words are a force that soothes my soul. I am madly in love with you.”


287. “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” –Princess Diana


288. “Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life and you’ll find that you have more of it.” —Ralph Marston


289. For me, a life without expectation results in a life with inspiration.


290. “Let go of the expectation that if you work on yourself enough. you won't struggle anymore. If you work on yourself enough. you'l understand what the struggle is for.”


291. “Welch and others, through the 1980s, pioneered using people as an expendable resource to the benefit of investors. Since then, it has become increasingly more common for companies to use layoffs to beef up their bottom line. It is considered an acceptable business practice today to lay off people, often ending their careers, simply to balance the books for the quarter or the year. If careers are to be ended, it should be for negligence or incompetence or as a last resort to save the company. But in our twenty first-century version of capitalism, the expectation that we are working in meritocracies seems false. In many cases, it doesn’t matter how hard we’ve worked; if the company falls a little short, people will have to be laid off. No hard feelings, it’s just business. Can you imagine getting rid of one of your children because you made less money than you expected last year? Imagine how your kids would feel if that were the plan. Well, that’s how it is in too many companies today.”


292. “Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.” – Ralph Marston, American football player


293. “Depression is darkness filling your heart, surrounding your soul. Everything takes so much energy. People around you don’t understand, you’re doing the best you can Responsibilities overwhelm, expectations you can’t meet weigh heavily, Sorrow fills you until there is no room for anything else. Strength to fight, to find joy and love, slowly seeps from your soul. Endless days without hope loom before you, enveloping you in the darkness.”


294. Happiness begins when expectation ends.


295. “Don’t live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable.” – Wendy Wasserstein


296. Don’t live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable. - Wendy Wasserstein.


297. Our culture teaches us about shame—it dictates what is acceptable and what is not. We weren’t born craving perfect bodies. We weren’t born afraid to tell our stories. We weren’t born with a fear of getting too old to feel valuable. We weren’t born with a Pottery Barn catalog in one hand and heartbreaking debt in the other. Shame comes from outside of us—from the messages and expectations of our culture. What comes from the inside of us is a very human need to belong, to relate.


298. Happy birthday Son! We’ve watched you grow into an amazing man. May the year ahead continue to exceed your expectations!


299. Half of all coin-flippers will win their first toss; none of those winners has an expectation of profit if he continues to play the game.”


300. “Live the life of your dreams: Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others.” – Roy T. Bennett


301. “Every day is a chance to begin again. Don’t focus on the failures of yesterday, start today with positive thoughts and expectations.” ― Catherine Pulsifer


302. @godlydating101 – Chivalry, modesty, purity. God’s standard, not society’s expectations.


303. “my own expectations.”


304. “as a leader, it’s not what you preach, it’s what you tolerate. When setting expectations, no matter what has been said or written, if substandard performance is accepted and no one is held accountable—if there are no consequences—lhat poor performance becomes the new standard.”


305. “Almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important,” he said in his 2005 commencement address at Stanford.


306. “Yes, if we care enough and dare enough, we will experience disappointment. But in those moments when disappointment is washing over us and we’re desperately trying to get our heads and hearts around what is or is not going to be, the death of our expectations can be painful beyond measure.”


307. “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” – Princess Diana


308. “A desert is a place without expectation.”-Nadine Gordimer


309. “Disappointment is unmet expectations, and the more significant the expectations, the more significant the disappointment”


310. “Love is always bestowed as a gift—freely, willingly and without expectation. We don’t love to be loved; we love to love.” ―Leo Buscaglia


311. I love you, with no beginning, no end. I love you as you have become an extra necessary organ in my body. I love you without fear. Without expectations. Wanting nothing in return, except that you allow me to keep you here in my heart, that I may always know your strength, your eyes, and your spirit that gave me freedom and let me fly. – Coco J. Ginger


312. Our mission statement about treating people with respect and dignity is not just words but a creed we live by every day. You can't expect your employees to exceed the expectations of your customers if you don't exceed the employees' expectations of management. – Howard Schultz, CEO Starbucks Coffee


313. “If you are building a culture where honest expectations are communicated and peer accountability is the norm, then the group will address poor performance and attitudes.”


314. “I've always believed that culture is defined and created from the top down, but it comes to life from the bottom up. This meant that I had to build our culture by working with the leadership group (i.e., the owner, general manager, and executives), the coaching staff, and the football team. To strengthen the culture among the leadership group, it was important to reiterate to the owner, team president, and general manager the shared beliefs, values, and expectations that we had discussed in depth when I was interviewing for the head coaching position. It was important to have collaborative conversations on a regular basis to discuss the changes we were making and why we were making them.”


315. "Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. Don’t over-analyze your relationships. Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness.” – Leo Buscaglia


316. “If you are building a culture where honest expectations are communicated, and peer accountability is the norm, then the group will address poor performance and attitudes.”


317. “As Anne Lamott said, “Expectations are resentments waiting to happen.” We have the tendency to visualize an entire scenario or conversation or outcome, and when things don’t go the way we’d imagined, disappointment can become resentment. This often happens when our expectations are based on outcomes we can’t control, like what other people think, what they feel, or how they’re going to react.”


318. “An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality.” – Brian Tracy


319. Want to be happy? Have zero expectations of others.


320. “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” —Princess Diana


321. “Usually, the most disappointing realities come from the most realistic expectations. An unmet longing from a realistic expectation is such a searing pain within a human heart.”


322. “In the meantime, it’s unfair of me to use my expectations as the standard for their behavior or hold it against them when they don’t live up to my hopes.”


323. “If you have become upset by something, let this be a prompt to check on whether your expectations are realistic and helpful regarding the situation or others involved.”


324. “Let your dreams outgrow the shoes of your expectations.” — Ryunosuke Satoro


325. “Give, without expectation in return, and recognize how the world actually works is: If you’re actually giving without expectation in return, many things happen. The person you’re giving to is feeling guilty into giving back 50 percent of the time, and the other 50 percent of the time they’re busy telling other people how awesome you are.” – Gary Vaynerchuk


326. “Our culture teaches us about shame—it dictates what is acceptable and what is not. We weren’t born craving perfect bodies. We weren’t born afraid to tell our stories. We weren’t born with a fear of getting too old to feel valuable. We weren’t born with a Pottery Barn catalog in one hand and heartbreaking debt in the other. Shame comes from outside of us—from the messages and expectations of our culture. What comes from the inside of us is a very human need to belong, to relate.”


327. “when it comes to standards, as a leader, it’s not what you preach, it’s what you tolerate. When setting expectations, no matter what has been said or written, if substandard performance is accepted and no one is held accountable—if there are no consequences—that poor performance becomes the new standard.”


328. “The key to letting go is practice. Each time we let go, we disentangle ourselves from our expectations and begin to experience things as they are. ” ― Sharon Salzberg


329. “An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality.” ~ Brian Tracy


330. “a thought in itself isn’t enough to manifest things or circumstances. It must be fueled with an energy in the form of emotion, such as enthusiasm, excitement, passion, or happiness. For this reason, someone enthusiastic about his or her dream will achieve more than a pessimistic and unmotivated person. Successful people constantly focus on what they want with positive expectation while unsuccessful people focus on what they don’t want or what they lack. The latter are afraid of having a lack of money, talent, time, or any other resources they may need to achieve their goals. As a result, pessimists accomplish far less than they’re capable of achieving.”


331. “When you do not require a person to show up as you imagine you need them to be, then you can drop expectation. Then you love them exactly as they are. Yet this can only happen when you love your Self exactly as you are.” N. D. Walsch


332. “The secret of happiness is low expectations.” ~ Barry Schwartz


333. “Successful people constantly focus on what they want with positive expectation while unsuccessful people focus on what they don’t want or what they lack. The latter are afraid of having a lack of money, talent, time, or any other resources they may need to achieve their goals. As a result, pessimists accomplish far less than they’re capable of achieving.”


334. “I come here with no expectations, only to profess, now that I am at liberty to do so, that my heart is and always will be yours.” – Jane Austen


335. “Facebook was an infinite player that now seems to be moving down a more finite path. Founded in 2004, Facebook came to life with a well-articulated Cause to “give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.” Today, however, it finds itself embroiled in scandals that do anything but “bring the world closer together.” Facebook has been accused of violating their users’ privacy, tracking our habits online (even when we’re not on Facebook), failing to adequately police fake accounts or fake news disseminated across their service, then using all the data they collect either to sell or to maximize the dollars they can earn from selling advertising. I doubt this is what Mark Zuckerberg meant by “giving people power.” Has Facebook veered from their once inspiring infinite path because of the overwhelming pressure their leaders feel to answer to Wall Street’s finite expectations? Is it because they are doubling down on a business model driven by selling advertising instead of making an Existential Flex to reshape the entire company? Is it because their leaders have lost connection with their Just Cause and who they need to be primarily serving in order to keep the game in play? Is it hubris? Today, when Facebook does right by the people, it is too often a result of public pressure or scandal and rarely a proactive decision made to protect those they serve and advance their Cause. Facebook reacted to the scandal that erupted around Cambridge Analytica, for example, only after there was a scandal, even though they were aware of Cambridge Analytica’s unethical practices before we found out about”


336. My baby boy, you will grow above and beyond expectations. As you reach three months old today, I wish you a happy birthday.


337. ”A desert is a place without expectation. ”


338. “My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.” ―Michael J. Fox


339. “There is hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started out with such tremendous hopes and expectations, and yet which fails so regularly, as love.”


340. “The one thing I know for sure is that feelings are rarely mutual, so when they are, drop everything, forget belongings and expectations, forget the games, the two days between texts, the hard to gets because this is it, this is what the entire world is after and you’ve stumbled upon it by chance, by accident––so take a deep breath, take a step forward, now run, collide like planets in the system of a dying sun, embrace each other with both arms and let all the rules, the opinions and common sense crash down around you. Because this is love kid, and it’s all yours. Believe me, you're in for one hell of a ride, after all––this is the one thing I know for sure.”


341. “Thrift shopping is all about going into the thrift shop and having no expectation of what you might find.”‒ Macklemore


342. “Exceeding expectations is where satisfaction ends and loyalty begins. ”


343. “Accept the children the way we accept trees—with gratitude, because they are a blessing—but do not have expectations or desires. You don’t expect trees to change, you love them as they are.” – Isabel Allende


344. “Anger always comes from frustrated expectations.” – Elliott Larson.


345. “Peace begins when expectation ends.” – Sri Chinmoy


346. Never get too attached to anyone unless they also feel the same towards you, because one sided expectations can mentally destroy you.”


347. “If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.”– Michael Jordan


348. “We put so much of our time and energy into making sure that we meet everyone’s expectations and into caring about what other people think of us, that we are often left feeling angry, resentful and fearful.”


349. “Do not live to satisfy the expectations of others.” ~Ichiro Kishimi


350. Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. Don’t over-analyze your relationships. Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness." — Leo F. Buscaglia


351. “Your culture sets your expectation for what is “normal.” Surround yourself with people who have the habits you want to have yourself.”


352. “Our screening procedure is good but not perfect, so we should anticipate regression. We shouldn’t be surprised that the very best candidates often fail to meet our expectations.”


353. You don’t need to live to fulfill other’s expectations. Live for yourself, love yourself, and do not let them tell you that it is selfish. Mridula Singh


354. High expectations are the key to everything. -Sam Walton


355. “Ben Franklin quipped, "Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall receive it." Negative expectations are a quick route to dead-end thinking.”


356. “Thursday is one day closer to my expectation that everything I have done through the week culminates in progress.” – Byron Pulsifer


357. “There is no such sense of solitude as that which we experience upon the silent and vast elevations of great mountains. Lifted high above the level of human sounds and habitations, among the wild expanses and colossal features of Nature, we are thrilled in our loneliness with a strange fear and elation – an ascent above the reach of life’s expectations or companionship, and the tremblings of a wild and undefined misgivings.”


358. “Confidence isn’t optimism or pessimism. and it’s not a character attribute. It’s the expectation of a positive outcome.” ~ Rosabeth Moss Kanter


359. Do good without the expectation of being remembered for it, do it anyways.


360. “The silence in the morning holds lots of expectations and is more hopeful than the silence at night.” – Victoria Durnak


361. “…when you let go of your expectations, when you accept life as it is, you’re free.To hold on is to be serious and uptight. To let go is to lighten up.” – Richard Carlson


362. "The silence in the morning holds lots of expectations and is more hopeful than the silence at night.” – Victoria Durnak


363. “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations. all pride. all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death. leaving only what is truly important.” – Steve Jobs


364. “Disappointment comes when reality falls short of our expectations. But nothing falls short of God’s expectations because He knows everything.”


365. “Part of it is instinctual and unavoidable. Kahneman says the asymmetric aversion to loss is an evolutionary shield. He writes: When directly compared or weighted against each other, losses loom larger than gains. This asymmetry between the power of positive and negative expectations or experiences has an evolutionary history. Organisms that treat threats as more urgent than opportunities have a better chance to survive and reproduce.”


366. “Exceeding expectations is where satisfaction ends and loyalty begins.” — Ron Kaufman


367. “We need to resist the tyranny of low expectations. We need to open our eyes to the inequality that remains. We won’t unlock the full potential of the workplace until we see how far from equality we really are.” — Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook (Source: Thrive Global)


368. “When setting expectations, no matter what has been said or written, if substandard performance is accepted and no one is held accountable — if there are no consequences — that poor performance becomes the new standard. Therefore, leaders must enforce standards.”


369. “Truly loving another means letting go of all expectations. It means full acceptance, even celebration of another’s personhood.” —Karen Casey


370. “Don’t join an easy crowd; you won’t grow. Go where the expectations and the demands to perform are high.” ~ Jim Rohn


371. “Skin-vest-ment: The action or process of investing time and money with the expectation of achieving healthy, glowing, and supple skin in the future.” – Unknown


372. The quality of a person’s life is most often a direct reflection of the expectations of their peer group.


373. “You were hired because you met expectations, you will be promoted if you can exceed them. ” - Saji Ijiyemi


374. “In order to make a lasting contribution to humanity, we cannot allow other people’s expectancies to limit our development or restrict our dreams. We must live our own lives unaffected by other people’s expectations.” – Kilroy J. Oldster


375. “A Constant Search for Knowledge The consistent, disciplined, purposeful, constant search for knowledge: it’s where the life-changing ideas are. Pursue knowledge with high expectations. Spend the money, time, and effort. They are all investments, but the payoff is so great it’s hard to compare the cost to the reward. First is the money. I have a great suggestion. Set up an educational fund for the programs, the books, the lectures, the seminars, and the videos you need for a constant flow of ideas and inspiration. Take a portion of your income each month and set it aside to invest in the search for knowledge. Remember, the best money spent is the money spent to cultivate the genius of your own mind and spirit. Make sure you don’t spend more for frivolous comforts and conveniences than you do for education. The money is a small price. The promise is unlimited potential. The next investment is time, which is an extremely valuable expenditure. It’s one thing to ask someone for their money, but to ask them for their time is a much more significant request. Knowledge takes time, precious time. The time you spend is irreplaceable. You can get more money, but you can’t get more time. However, life has a unique way of rewarding high investment with high return. The major investment of time you’re making now could be that small fine-tuning you need for major accomplishment. Last is the investment of effort. There is a great deal of difference between casual learning and serious learning. Learning that opens up the whole mental and spiritual process is truly an investment in effort. And this effort is the investment that opens the floodgates of ideas that can work their magic for you in the marketplace. So I don’t hesitate to ask you to spend—in a deliberate and consistent fashion—the money, time, and effort required to reach your goals. These are the investments that turn on the lights, sharpen the focus, and start turning your wishes of wealth and happiness into reality.”


376. “placing unrealistic expectations on others. After all, people will not respect us more than we respect ourselves.”


377. “Every day is a chance to begin again. Don’t focus on the failures of yesterday, start today with positive thoughts and expectations.” — Catherine Pulsifer


378. “If you are building a culture where honest expectations are communicated and peer accountability is the norm, then the group will address poor performance and attitudes.” — Henry Cloud


379. “High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.”


380. “Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.” – Ralph Marston


381. “How can you expect your children to meet expectation when you set no boundaries?” – Jo Frost, Supernanny


382. Make it a habit to tell people, ‘thank you.’ To express your appreciation sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.”


383. “Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. Don’t over-analyze your relationships. Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness.” – Leo Buscaglia


384. “What were the unrealistic expectations I had, and how can I better manage these next time?”


385. My life motto is basically to lower your standards and expectations so you’re never disappointed and never put any trust in anything, and I try to prepare for the day that I wake up, and everyone I know is like, ‘LOL JK best long-running practical joke ever’, so I’ve never really let myself freak out or get too excited about anything. – Tavi Gevinson


386. “A brand is the set of expectations, memories, stories, and relationships that, taken together, account for a consumer’s decision to choose one product or service over another.” – Seth Godin


387. “Life isn’t any fun without a sense of enough. Happiness, as it’s said, is just results minus expectations.”


388. “Happiness, as it’s said, is just results minus expectations.”


389. “Change your expectation for appreciation and the world changes instantly.”


390. “And then, once I’d anchored their emotions in a minefield of low expectations, I played on their loss aversion.”


391. “Let your dreams outgrow the shoes of your expectations.”


392. “Don’t let the expectations and opinions of other people affect your decisions. It’s your life. not theirs. Do what matters most to you; do what makes you feel alive and happy.”


393. “When leaders who epitomize Extreme Ownership drive their teams to achieve a higher standard of performance, they must recognize that when it comes to standards, as a leader, it’s not what you preach, it’s what you tolerate. When setting expectations, no matter what has been said or written, if substandard performance is accepted and no one is held accountable—if there are no consequences—that poor performance becomes the new standard.”


394. Marriage means expectations and expectations mean conflict.


395. “High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.” - Charles Kettering


396. “Rigid academic and social expectations could wind up stifling a mind that, while it might struggle to conjugate a verb, could one day take us to distant stars.” – Temple Grandin


397. With every sunset a new hope is born, and an old expectation dies.


398. “Happy birthday, son! We’ve watched you grow into an amazing man. May the year ahead continue to exceed your expectations!”


399. Hope your special day and the next year live up to your expectations.


400. “Finally, I went to my husband. “Honey,” I said, feeling the entanglements of expectations loosening their grip on me, “I can’t do everything good wives seem to do. But I can do three things. So, tell me your top three things, and I will do those well.” After all, I could spend a whole marriage doing a hundred things halfway with a bitter attitude and an overwhelmed spirit. Or, I could do three things wholeheartedly with a smile on my face and love in my heart.”


401. A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations. Patricia Neal


402. “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations. all pride. all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death. leaving only what is truly important.”


403. “The universe has no restrictions. You place restrictions on the universe with your expectations.”


404. “Live the Life of Your Dreams: Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others.”


405. “Like a Columbus of the heart, mind and soul I have hurled myself off the shores of my own fears and limiting beliefs to venture far out into the uncharted territories of my inner truth, in search of what it means to be genuine and at peace with who I really am. I have abandoned the masquerade of living up to the expectations of others and explored the new horizons of what it means to be truly and completely me, in all my amazing imperfection and most splendid insecurity.”


406. High expectations are the key to everything.


407. "Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others.”


408. “Dear Lord, I want to wait in calm and patient expectation today. Please take my exhaustion and turn it into expectation; take my feelings of hopelessness and give me real hope. I want to stop resisting Your truths and start applying them. I will do all that I can today, and I will wait with anticipation for all that You will do through me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”


409. “It’s unbelievable I’m swimming so fast. I went in with no expectations. I just went out hoping to get a personal best. I went out there with a smile, just to have fun and see what would happen.” – Jade Edmistone


410. “You don’t need to live to fulfill other’s expectations. Live for yourself, love yourself and do not let them tell you that it is selfish.” – Mridula Singh


411. “There is an emerging fourth generation that is different in kind. It recognizes that ‘time management’ is really a misnomer–the challenge is not to manage time, but to manage ourselves. Satisfaction is a function of expectations as well as realization. Expectation (and satisfaction) lie in our Circle of Influence.”


412. “Never be blinded by exaggerated expectations, expect nothing at all, so when the good part comes, you’ll like it even more.”


413. “Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. Don’t over-analyze your relationships. Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness.“


414. “Balance suggests a perfect equilibrium. There is no such thing. That is a false expectation…. There are going to be priorities and dimensions of your life, how you integrate them is how you find true happiness.”


415. “A young lawyer aiming to be a partner at a prestigious law firm might need to maintain an appearance that I, a writer who can work in sweatpants, have no need for. But when his purchases set my own expectations, I’m wandering down a path of potential disappointment because I’m spending the money without the career boost he’s getting. We might not even have different styles. We’re just playing a different game. It took me years to figure this out.”


416. “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” ― Princess Diana


417. “To my brother-in-law, there are certain things in life that exceed our expectations. You’re one of them. Thank you for coming into my life and filling it with your love and joy.” – Anonymous


418. Heart filled with gratitude for my 70th birthday, thoughts filled with hope and beautiful expectations for the new age.


419. “Every day is a chance to begin again. Don’t focus on the failures of yesterday, start today with positive thoughts and expectations.” – Catherine Pulsifer


420. “Happiness is found in the absence of expectation and a continuous focus on appreciation.” ― Tony Robbins


421. “coated with unmet expectations. So, what do I do? Well, I’ve found it tremendously helpful to list the expectations I have of a relationship in which I’m feeling slighted. Then I prayerfully discern whether or not my expectations are realistic or unrealistic. And if I can’t really discern one way or the other, I ask. I ask God. I ask that person. I ask someone wise who knows both of us well.”


422. “On the occasion of Friendship Day, I thank you for being the best friend to me, for loving and caring for me unconditionally and for supporting me without any expectations….. You are truly a real friend and I wish you Happy Friendship Day.”


423. “In order to make a lasting contribution to humanity. we cannot allow other people’s expectancies to limit our development or restrict our dreams. We must live our own lives unaffected by other people’s expectations.” – Kilroy J. Oldster


424. “I have learned that as long as I hold fast to my beliefs and values. and follow my own moral compass. then the only expectations I need to live up to are my own." - Michelle Obama


425. “When confronted with naming your terms or price, counter by recalling a similar deal which establishes your “ballpark,” albeit the best possible ballpark you wish to be in. Instead of saying, “I’m worth $110,000,” Jerry might have said, “At top places like X Corp., people in this job get between $130,000 and $170,000.” That gets your point across without moving the other party into a defensive position. And it gets him thinking at higher levels. Research shows that people who hear extreme anchors unconsciously adjust their expectations in the direction of the opening number.”


426. “The third principle is loss aversion. When directly compared or weighted against each other, losses loom larger than gains. This asymmetry between the power of positive and negative expectations or experiences has an evolutionary history. Organisms that treat threats as more urgent than opportunities have a better chance to survive and reproduce.”


427. “Don’t live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable.” — Wendy Wasserstein


428. “No, it’s not wrong to need people. But some of our biggest disappointments in life are the result of expectations we have of others that they can’t ever possibly meet.”


429. “Culture drives expectations and beliefs. Expectations and beliefs drive behaviors. Behaviors drive habits and habits create the future.” –Jon Gordon


430. “Integrity includes but goes beyond honesty. Honesty is telling the truth – in other words, conforming our words to reality. Integrity is conforming reality to our words – in other words, keeping promises and fulfilling expectations.” (205-206


431. “With every sunset a new hope is born, and an old expectation dies.” — Noor Unnahar


432. “Ps 23:1...So, if the Lord is my shepherd, I shall not become empty. I shall not live in a constant state of disappointment where circumstances drain me dry... How do I let the Lord shepherd me so the gap between my expectations and reality closes? (p. 115-6)”


433. “The Cost and Expectation of Leadership Leviticus 7:33–35 Aaron, like many leaders throughout history, received a divine calling. God chose Aaron and his sons to serve as Israel’s priests and charged them with carrying out rituals and sacrifices on behalf of all Israelites. Scripture gives meticulous detail to their ordination and calling. Their conduct was to be beyond reproach—and God made it crystal clear that failure to uphold His established guidelines would result in death. Numerous accounts in the Book of Leviticus demonstrate the high cost and expectation that goes with a holy calling to leadership positions. As the high priest, Aaron was the only one authorized to enter the Most Holy Place and appear before the very presence of God. The Lord set Aaron apart for his holy work. Despite his high calling, Aaron struggled with his authority and later caved in to the depraved wishes of the people. He failed at a crucial juncture and led Israel in a pagan worship service, an abomination that led to the deaths of many Israelites. Aaron had been set apart for God’s service, but he chose to live and lead otherwise. The failure of a leader usually results in consequences far more grave than the fall of a non-leader. On the day Aaron failed, “about three thousand men of the people fell [died]” (Ex. 32:28). When leaders fail, followers pay the price.”


434. “I never felt outside pressure. I knew what I wanted to accomplish, and I knew how much work it took to achieve those goals. I then put in the work and trusted in it. Besides, the expectations I placed on myself were higher than what anyone expected from me.” ― Kobe Bryant


435. Dear daddy, I’m so proud of you. There are many things I want to wish you this day, but the most important is that I want you to be proud of me also. And I will try my best to meet your expectations. Happy Father’s day!


436. “If God always met our expectations, He’d never be able to exceed them. ” ― Steven Furtick


437. “I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.” ―Bruce Lee


438. “I need to see something to learn it, because spoken words are like steam to me; they evaporate in an instant, before I have a chance to make sense of them. I don’t have instant-processing skills. Instructions and information presented to me visually can stay in front of me for as long as I need, and will be just the same when I come back to them later. Without this, I live the constant frustration of knowing that I’m missing big blocks of information and expectations, and am helpless to do anything about it.” – Ellen Notbohm, Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew


439. “I surrendered myself to the cages of others’ expectations, cultural mandates and institutional allegiances. Until I buried who I was in order to become what I should be. I lost myself when I learned how to please.” ― Glennon Doyle


440. “The greatest loss of time is delay and expectation, which depend upon the future. We let go the present, which we have in our power, and look forward to that which depends upon chance, and so relinquish a certainty for an uncertainty.”


441. “The world in our heads is not a precise replica of reality; our expectations about the frequency of events are distorted by the prevalence and emotional intensity of the messages to which we are exposed.”


442. Merciful Lord, we thank You for Your promise that the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and that You will raise that person up. Standing on that promise, we lift the dire condition of our dear one to You, that You will hear our prayer offered in confident expectation, and that You will act on behalf of our loved one, and raise him/her up from this dreaded disease, and restore his/her body to health and wholeness. Amen.


443. “Having a confident expectation of success can make obstacles melt before your eyes.” – Daniel Lieberman


444. “Depression is darkness filling your heart, surrounding your soul. Everything takes so much energy. People around you don’t understand; you’re doing the best you can. Responsibilities overwhelm, expectations you can’t meet weigh heavily, Sorrow fills you until there is no room for anything else. Strength to fight, to find joy and love, slowly seeps from your soul. Endless days without hope loom before you, enveloping you in the darkness.”


445. “If God always met our expectations, He’d never be able to exceed them.”


446. Live the Life of Your Dreams: Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others. - Roy T. Bennett


447. “One of the most powerful ways that our shame triggers get reinforced is when we enter into a social contract based on these gender straitjackets. Our relationships are defined by women and men saying, “I’ll play my role, and you play yours.” One of the patterns revealed in the research was how all that role playing becomes almost unbearable around midlife. Men feel increasingly disconnected, and the fear of failure becomes paralyzing. Women are exhausted, and for the first time they begin to clearly see that the expectations are impossible. The accomplishments, accolades, and acquisitions that are a seductive part of living by this contract start to feel like a Faustian bargain.”


448. “It’s always better to shock people and change people’s expectations than to give them exactly what they think you can do.”


449. “A rebel is someone who does not conform to the expectations of others: Do not conform to what the past expects of you.”


450. “Like a Columbus of the heart. mind and soul I have hurled myself off the shores of my own fears and limiting beliefs to venture far out into the uncharted territories of my inner truth. in search of what it means to be genuine and at peace with who I really am. I have abandoned the masquerade of living up to the expectations of others and explored the new horizons of what it means to be truly and completely me. in all my amazing imperfection and most splendid insecurity.”


451. “You were hired because you met expectations, you will be promoted if you can exceed them.” – Saji Ijiyemi


452. “Once I’d anchored their emotions in a minefield of low expectations, I played on their loss aversion.”


453. I hope I’ve made you proud, Dad. And if not, hey, maybe you ought to lower your expectations! Happy Father’s Day!


454. “Many children, however, are in some or many important respects unable to fulfill the expectations of their parents, and carry around with them, so to speak, raw, painful areas of disconfirmation which leave them exposed to sudden attacks of self-doubt and uncertainty, sudden ebbings of self-confidence which may well be experienced as symptoms of anxiety or depression.” – David Smail


455. “Live as if you’re alone in the world. No one is watching you. You don’t have to please anyone or live up to their expectations or fear their judgment”


456. “High expectations are the key to absolutely everything.” – Sam Walton, late Founder of Walmart and Sam’s Club


457. “I surrendered myself to the cages of others' expectations, cultural mandates and institutional allegiances. Until I buried who I was in order to become what I should be. I lost myself when I learned how to please.”


458. “they will never add up unless we break free of our expectations. Every case is new. We must let what we know—our known knowns—guide us but not blind us to what we do not know; we must remain flexible and adaptable to any situation; we must always retain a beginner’s mind; and we must never overvalue our experience or undervalue the informational and emotional realities served up moment by moment in whatever situation we face.”


459. Wanna be happy? Have zero expectations of others.


460. “The greatest loss of time is delay and expectation, which depend upon the future. We let go the present, which we have in our power, and look forward to that which depends upon chance, and so relinquish a certainty for an uncertainty.” – Seneca


461. Confidence isn't optimism or pessimism, and it's not a character attribute. It's the expectation of a positive outcome.


462. “You win by cultivating the right culture, leadership, expectations, beliefs, mindset, relationships, and habits before you even play the game. You win in the locker room first. Then, you win on the field.”


463. “The success and failure of an agreement is a result of how expectations, conditions, benefits, and consequences are understood and managed.”


464. There is a magic in daughters’ existence. It can lighten even the darkest nights and heal even the most miserable hearts. To the parents, their daughter makes them feel more love for life and expectation for the future. And a world of more love is the world of more light and warmth. – Unknown


465. I had no expectations about fatherhood, really, but it's definitely a journey I'm glad to be taking.


466. We all have high expectations for ourselves, but sometimes those expectations can be too much to handle. Acknowledge that you are not at fault and don’t beat yourself up.


467. High expectations are the key to everything.”- Sam Walton


468. “True generosity is an offering; given freely and out of pure love. No strings attached. No expectations. Time and love are the most valuable possession you can share.” – Suze Orman


469. “If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.” – Michael Jordan


470. “Every day is a chance to begin again. Don’t focus on the failures of yesterday, start today with positive thoughts and expectations.” -Catherine Pulsifer


471. “A brand is the set of expectations, memories, stories, and relationships that, taken together, account for a consumer’s decision to choose one product or service over another.” — Seth Godin, Founder & CEO, Do You Zoom


472. “Customer service is an opportunity to exceed your customer’s expectations.”


473. “The way of love is the way of no-expectation. Love exists only when there is a total acceptance and no desire to change anything. ” – Osho


474. “If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations. you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal.” ― Norman Vincent Peale


475. “My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus.” [The Science of Second-Guessing (New York Times Magazine Interview, December 12, 2004)]” ― Stephen Hawking


476. “The human heart has stowed away fortunes, In secret kept, peacefully fixed; The musings, the expectations, the fantasies, the delights, Whose charms were broken whenever uncovered.” – Charlotte Bronte


477. Attitude is the way you define and interpret your experiences. Your attitude is the sum total of your beliefs, assumptions, expectations, and values. Adam Robinson, What Smart Students Know


478. “Giving with strings of secret expectations attached is the greatest invitation to heartbreak.”


479. “spontaneity begin to deteriorate. The goose gets sicker day by day. And what about a parent’s relationship with a child? When children are little, they are very dependent, very vulnerable. It becomes so easy to neglect the PC work—the training, the communicating, the relating, the listening. It’s easy to take advantage, to manipulate, to get what you want the way you want it—right now! You’re bigger, you’re smarter, and you’re right! So why not just tell them what to do? If necessary, yell at them, intimidate them, insist on your way. Or you can indulge them. You can go for the golden egg of popularity, of pleasing them, giving them their way all the time. Then they grow up without any internal sense of standards or expectations, without a personal commitment to being disciplined or responsible. Either way—authoritarian or permissive—you have the golden egg mentality. You want to have your way or you want to be liked. But what happens, meantime, to the goose? What sense of responsibility, of self-discipline, of confidence in the ability to make good choices or achieve important goals is a child going to have a few years down the road? And what about your relationship? When he reaches those critical teenage”


480. I love you, with no beginning, no end. I love you as you have become an extra necessary organ in my body. I love you as only a girl could love a boy. Without fear. Without expectations. Wanting nothing in return, except that you allow me to keep you here in my heart, that I may always know your strength, your eyes, and your spirit that gave me freedom and let me fly. ― Coco J. Ginger


481. “Be brave enough to live the life of your dreams according to your vision and purpose instead of the expectations and opinions of others.” – Roy Bennett


482. I love you, with no beginning, no end. I love you as you have become an extra necessary organ in my body. Without fear. Without expectations. Wanting nothing in return, except that you allow me to keep you here in my heart, that I may always know your strength, your eyes, and your spirit that gave me freedom and let me fly.”


483. “Trade your expectation for appreciation and the world changes for you.” —Anthony Robbins


484. “Rather than focusing on things and time, fourth generation expectations focus on preserving and enhancing relationships and on accomplishing results–in short, on maintaining the P/PC Balance.”


485. The first step in exceeding your customer's expectations is to know those expectations. — Roy H. Williams


486. “The real winners are the people who look at every situation with an expectation that they can make it work or make it better.”


487. “Winners make a habit of manufacturing their own positive expectations in advance of the event.”


488. “If God always met our expectations, He'd never be able to exceed them.”


489. “Thursday is one day closer to my expectation that everything I have done through the week culminates in progress.” Byron Pulsifer


490. “A desert is a place without expectation.” -Nadine Gordimer”A desert is a place without expectation.” — Nadine Gordimer


491. “Everything in finance is data within the context of expectations.”


492. “To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves – there lies the great, singular power of self-respect.” – Joan Didion


493. ”A desert is a place without expectation. ”


494. “I have learned that as long as I hold fast to my beliefs and values. and follow my own moral compass. then the only expectations I need to live up to are my own." - Michelle Obama


495. “There is hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started out with such tremendous hopes and expectations, and yet which fails so regularly, as love.”


496. “There’s a victory in letting go of your expectations.” — Mike White


497. “High expectations are the key to absolutely everything.” – Sam Walton, CEO of Walmart 1962-1988


498. ‘Mama, it is okay to lower your expectations about what you can accomplish in a day. Some days, it will take everything you’ve got to keep your baby safe, warm, fed, and loved. And that is more than enough.’


499. Happiness begins when expectation ends.


500. “The world in our heads is not a precise replica of reality; our expectations about the frequency of events are distorted by the prevalence and emotional intensity of the messages to which we are exposed.”

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