How To Avoid The Dangers Of Unrealistic Expectations

Published: February 22, 2012
By: Faye Hollands

Unrealistic expectations can cause big problems, and if you’ve ever had to set someone straight about their misguided assumptions you’ll know that it can be a tricky juggling act trying to set the scene without causing upset.  So what can you do if someones expecting more than they should?

Stop Avoiding It

Mismanaged expectations are a constant source of torment, particularly in the workplace, and the problem is that without intervention they can spiral out of control causing resentment and anger.

If you’re the one with the high expectations, being let down can be frustrating and upsetting.  But conversely it’s no fun if you feel as though you’re being taken advantage of when someone wants more than they should.

The key to managing expectations is smart communication from the outset.  Importantly, get clear on your boundaries and make sure you let those around you know what they are.  So for example, if a colleague at work constantly seems to expect you to answer their phone, being the one who picks it up all the time without saying anything won’t help your cause.  Take the bull by the horns, and let them know that you’re happy to answer the phone when they’re not at their desk, but otherwise you expect them to pick up.

Likewise, if a client seems to want more than their fair share it’s important you let them know what is and isn’t included in your working relationship.

In most cases, a quick conversation is all that’s required and in a few short moments any issues are dissipated. However, if you let the unrealistic expectations go on you run the risk of your client or colleague resenting you for delivering below par.

Often the anticipation of dealing with an issue head-on is more painful than the actual conversation itself.

So take a moment now to think about what expectations are being mismanaged in your life.  Who do you need to talk to and what do you need to resolve?  Opening up the lines of communication can save your sanity and relationships, not to mention your career and clients.

How have you dealt with unrealistic expectations before? Post a comment below and let me know…

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Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting and Busy Working Mumma. Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success.

To receive your FREE MP3 download of Faye’s popular teleseminar ‘How To Create A Career You Love‘ and weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

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