|Level Your Life - [The Level of Expectations] [2.89]|
Everyone´s performance will invariably be influenced by expectations of results.
Should you expect a particular outcome ? The samurai warrior would tell you : "Expect nothing, but be ready for anything." This advice sounds counterintuitive , but in our experience, we have found this concept to be quite helpful.
Do you know the difference between a good performance and a bad one ( or a good day and a bad day)? It´s very simple: good performances always happen when you have no expectations , let your activity unfold and trust things will work out.
You can then relax and focus on the series of actions you will carry out, the little things you can control. Bad performances , on the other hand happen when you try to control the end-result and have high expectations. Trying to control what you can´t - the finished product- causes anxiety and tension.
The Chinese symbols for expectation show the enjoyment of someone watching the rising and setting of the moon it is natural arc across the sky. If you can flow with nature´s organic process as you enjoy your work fully in the moment, you will truly be fulfilled and you will feel successful in everything you do.
If you must expect something, we remind you that if you prepare well and execute all the little things brilliantly, you can expect (!) good things to happen,that you will do well and experience personal satisfaction and joy from your performance. "But I want to win," you say. You will win if you refuse to expect to win. Think about it ! Know this: if you let go of the need to win, you will be victorious.
Declaration: I focus on my preparation and the process of executing my performance plan; therefore I can expect the best to happen, whatever it may be.
Reflection: Thinking about my past performances, what expectations did I have and how did they affect the outcome ? What expectations am I holding on to for a future performance, and how are they impacting my focus and my nervous system ?
[paraphrased and inspired by Spirit of the Dancing Warrior]