As 2015 began to reach a close, I started putting in place the goals I want to accomplish for the new year. Last year, I was able to achieve a number of personal and professional goals and I’m excited to extend this season of success into the New Year.
One of the accomplishments I’m most proud of is publishing my book, “STAND.”
But achieving this goal wasn’t done by wishful thinking. I actually created a plan that kept me focused on carrying out this goal from beginning to end. Part of my strategy for success involved adopting and sticking to the Law of Expectation.
What is the Law of Expectation? It is, quite simply, the belief that when you genuinely expect something, you will receive it.
Famed psychiatrist and psychologist, Dr. Milton Erikson, states that “85 percent of what you expect to happen…Will.” Therefore, whether you’re expecting positive or negative results, the Law of Expectation remains true. Dr. Erikson further states that, “your expectations are tied into your belief system.”
What does this mean? Let’s first define belief system. According to the Oxford English dictionary, a “belief system” is a set of mutually supportive beliefs. The beliefs of any such system can be classified as religious, philosophical, ideological, or a combination of these.
For the positive attributes of the Law of Expectation to work, you must first examine your belief system and remove the inhibitors. Is there a past experience or current situation that inhibits your belief system? Work to resolve this issue so that it does not prevent you from moving forward.
Have you ever been stuck and wondered why it’s difficult to move from that position? It’s likely because your expectations and belief system aren’t working together to help you achieve your goal. You may have conditioned yourself to expect something to develop but because your belief system is weak, you’ve stunted the growth of your dream.
And because your expectations are tied into your belief system, you can’t just wish or hope something to happen, or to be a certain way. You must sincerely believe in the expectation.
But it’s not enough to have a strong belief in your expectation. You also must actively work to bring that expectation into fruition. This means creating a plan of action and working that plan every day until your expectation has come to pass. How we live reveals what we believe and whether the faith we profess to have is truly a living faith.
Remember, “belief (faith) without works is dead.” —James 2:26
To help you stay focused on achieving your goals, you should keep something in front of you – your list of goals, words of affirmation, positive quotes – to remind you of what you are working for and believing to come to fruition.
If you pair your positive expectations with hard work and determination, surely you will accomplish your goals.
What are your personal and/or professional expectations for the New Year? How are you aligning your expectations with your belief system to ensure that these things are realized? Share your thoughts with me.