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miWisdom today… When perceptively negative circumstances befall people, they will usually tend to think the very worst of their predicament. Even if this person talks positively and optimistically about their situation to others, internally, they are expecting and preparing themselves mentally for the very worst end result. Since our expectations guide our decisions, direction and actions, we will therefore tend to realize our expectations in the real world more often than not.

How is it that our expectations tend to create our reality?

It has to do with our thought patterns and the emotions that we experience on a daily basis. Simply put; the direction of your thoughts influences what you are or are not able to perceive within your present environment. If you are thinking negatively you will tend to see negative people, events, problems and circumstances around you. On the other hand, if you are thinking positively, you will tend to see opportunities abound, that may well assist you in moving past your present reality of problems and obstacles. From here we come to understand that what we perceive externally will directly influence the decisions that we will make in the present moment. These decisions are obviously based on our perceptive filters which come directly from our thoughts and emotions.

Finally, we undertake our plan of action based on these filtered decisions, which will more times than not lead us in the direction of our original thoughts – or in other words, lead us in the direction of our expectations.

To avoid the Expectations Trap, you may find it helpful to ask yourself the following set of questions:

  • What is the real issue here?
  • How best can I define the challenges, obstacles or problems I am currently facing?
  • As I do an internal check of my thoughts and emotions, what future expectations am I currently in the process of creating within the recesses of my mind?
  • Based on these expectations, how am I currently filtering my reality?
  • If my end goal is to look for solutions and opportunities; does my current filter of reality help or hinder me in this process?
  • How must I begin to process my thoughts in order to allow myself to begin opening up my perceptive channels to potential solutions and opportunities?

If you have a similar learning experience or would like to add to the list of questions, you may do so by commenting below.

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miWisdom today… If something doesn’t work out as you planned the first time around, it usually means that you either forgot a piece of the puzzle, didn’t know that another piece of the puzzle existed, or you simply have a puzzle piece that just doesn’t fit. The worst thing anyone can do is to keep doing the same thing over and over again and expect to obtain a different result. This is known as The Definition of Insanity.

Take a good hard look at your situation (or the metaphor of the puzzle) and clarify whether you forgot a piece; in which case go over your plan or strategy once again to see what you might have overlooked. Secondly, if you didn’t know that there was another piece of the puzzle, than you will have to do further research or speak with others who will provide you with that piece or the answers you are looking for. And thirdly, if you have a puzzle piece that doesn’t seem to fit, make sure to double check to see if this is actually the right piece of the puzzle, or should it be discarded all together and possibly replaced with another piece?

  • What is my challenge or problem?
  • What exactly am I trying to do? What result do I seek to achieve?
  • What piece of the puzzle may I have forgotten?
  • What piece of the puzzle is missing here? What further research must I do? Whom could I speak with?
  • What could I discard that doesn’t seem to fit with the bigger picture and may in fact be sabotaging my success?

If you have a similar learning experience or would like to add to the list of questions, you may do so by commenting below.

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miWisdom today… One must never jump to conclusions about anything until one has the entire and full picture of the circumstances, people and events under question from a variety of angles and perspectives.

  • Is this the full picture? Am I seeing everything there is?
  • What am I potentially missing here?

If you have a similar learning experience or would like to add to the list of questions, you may do so by commenting below.

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miWisdom today… There is always a straightforward explanation for the things that at first appear to be unexplainable, however one must first learn to approach the unexplainable from a completely unique angle and perspective.

  • How can I approach this in a new and utterly unique manner?

If you have a similar learning experience or would like to add to the list of questions, you may do so by commenting below.

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miWisdom today… It is only upon reflection that people really begin to learn from their past mistakes?

  • Where can I find the time today to reflect upon my past week’s mistakes?
  • How can I learn and grow from these experiences to better myself for the future?

If you have a similar learning experience or would like to add to the list of questions, you may do so by commenting below.

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miWisdom today… What appears to be one way on the surface may in fact be a disguise for something equally obvious under the surface of your perceptions.

  • Is there more to this thing or person than what I perceive on the surface?
  • How else can I look at this?
  • How can I think outside the box here? What are the possibilities?

If you have a similar learning experience or would like to add to the list of questions, you may do so by commenting below.

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