Drop Your Expectations

Published: April 15, 2014
By: Faye Hollands

It’s great to have big lofty goals that inspire and motivate us, and it’s good to dream big.  But sometimes we can find ourselves stuck in a rut and facing the prospect of major disappointment.  If you’re building a career or business it’s important to know how to keep yourself moving forward despite the bumps in the road – here’s one strategy to help you on your way…

Behavioral Flexibility

When you’re going after a big goal that’s really important to you it’s hard not to have expectations.  You want it to work out and you want to experience the thrill of getting a successful result, whatever that might be.  But we all know that there are bumps and detours on the road to success – seldom do path’s run smoothly.  So it’s important to be prepared to ride the ups and downs and still keep going, which can be really tricky if the journey gets a little too uncomfortable and you’re rigidly committed to a particular path.

Having a plan is imperative, but flexibility is an equally important success tool as it will help you reach the end result regardless of how the actual journey unfolds.

Take Outshine for example.  When I changed career and set up this business there were MANY bumps along the way.  The vision I had at the start changed as the journey unfolded – or put more practically, my goals changed as I learned more about business and what was commercially viable.  With those bumps came a change in my expectations.  I was very hard on myself at the start, and unrealistic about what was possible in a short space of time.

As the business unfolded, it was crucial for me to be flexible and to lower my expectations so that I wasn’t trapped into following a path that wasn’t right for me.  By doing that I allowed myself to explore other much smarter business opportunities, and in turn avoid the pitfalls of disappointment and perfectionism.

Needless to say, this doesn’t just apply to business.  If you’re too rigid when it comes to following a particular career path you may well miss out on other opportunities that could be more fruitful in the long term.

Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t about compromising on what’s important to you or lowering your standards and dishing out shoddy work.   It’s about showing behavioural flexibility to move with the times, and adjust your plan to help you succeed.

The weight of disappointment can stop you in your tracks, whereas the ability to change your expectations, adjust your plan, and still move forward is a much more resourceful state of mind that leads to action and results.

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Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting

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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