Tempering your expectations.


We live day to day by our own expectations and whether our expectations are met. We buy a coffee and we immediately begin assessing whether the service is meeting our expectations. Then it is the expectation of the service in getting the coffee. Then the taste expectation. Then the aftertaste. Of course, is the coffee too hot or too cold? Is the store clean or messy? Are the customers your type of customers? All of these expectations from merely buying a cup of coffee!

Now think of your expectations at work. Your expectations at home. Your expectations while driving. It is endless! How do we balance all of our expectations? A band from the 90’s called the Gin Blossoms actually had a lyrics that suggested, ‘if you don’t expect too much you won’t be disappointed.’ YIKES!

So back to our expectations. It is OK to expect a bunch from yourself and from other people. It is OK to expect great cup of coffee and terrific customers surrounding you. Yet, on the flip-side, temper your disappointment when what you are expecting really kind of sucks! When that is the case, go to that place where your expectations are always met. Hopefully it is real and lets you feel that you are alive. Coffee is just coffee but what in your life is REALLY important and almost always meets your expectations?


Author: Paul Keefer

Paul Keefer is a leader focusing on maximizing the potential of other people.

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