Exceeding Expectations

Gary forgot his wedding anniversary. His wife was mad. She told him “Tomorrow morning, I expect to find a gift in the driveway that goes from 0 to 200 in 6 seconds AND IT BETTER BE THERE!!!” The next morning when his wife woke up, she looked out the window to find a box… gift-wrapped in the middle of the driveway. She opened it and found a brand new bathroom scale. . . Gary has been missing since Friday!

This story illustrates exaggerated missed expectations. When you plan, work, push, pray and sacrifice and it doesn’t end well. Maybe you simply miscalculated. Maybe your expectations was too high. Maybe there were unforeseen events that interfered. Maybe you was expecting a ten million dollar response on a $100 budget. Whatever the case, you expected a Ferrari and got a bathroom scale.

So, what now! Well, we can groan, sigh, cry, smirk, grieve, complain or we can learn. Learn?? Yes, learn where we went wrong and develop a better course of action. If we always do what we always done we will always get what we have always got. Let’s plan better, let’s delegate better, let’s take a different course than depression, discouragement and dismay.

Let’s look at a few things;

Expectations must be believable In other words, our expectations must be real. Don’t plan for 1,000 if you never hit 100. Computer developers started in a garage, rock singers started in a garage, why do you plan to start your business in a 10 story high-rise. If you do it well they will come, it is true, if you have the means, the money and the manpower to make it happen but reality is that life is more like climbing a flight of stairs than taking a brisk ride on an elevator.

Expectations must be well planned The best dream, when done poorly, will most likely, end poorly. Delegation – check! Fundraising – check! Media outlets – check! Momentum building – check! All must fit together because the outcome is the outflow of our outstanding performance. Awesome results are a product of awesome planning.

Expectations must be believable I can tell myself a million times I am a million book author and never sell a million books. Does that mean I give up? No! Does that mean I don’t write again? No! It simply means, I haven’t got there yet. I am working on it. I am stretching for it. But is 100,000 books believable? Is it achievable? Life does have a way of throwing you a surprise some of the time but Dorothy, we aren’t in Kansas anymore – most of our dreams must fit within the achievable and with God, our dreams can fit within the miraculous. Maybe you and I both will be surpirsed today when God does something greater than our expectations. Can He? Sure! Will He? Absolutely!

Comment: What are some of your expectations yet to come?

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