The Art of Setting and Achieving High Expectations

The top educators in the world list "Setting High Expectations" as a priority step to reaching great achievements: a belief that WONDERFUL THINGS ARE going to happen to you!  From your first hot air balloon ride, to switching careers, to changing your health habits: aim high to reach high in your life.  Once you set a high expectation, plan 1. Resources, 2. Timed Steps, and 3. Support to move from belief to reality.

Defining Resources, Timed Steps, and Support

1. RESOURCES: The valid, trusted tools and knowledge to reach your goal.  Seek resources that are 1. accurate and 2. level-appropriate. If your resource is convenient but not from an expert or it is from a professional but not understandable, keep searching.  Correct materials at your level are worth their weight in gold!

HOT TIP: When searching online for content, resources, or products, read "Comment", "Testimonial", and "About" pages to get a feel for who the creator is and the type of client the resource was designed for.

2. TIMED STEPS: The timeline and size of steps fit into your life, today!  Although vast changes are a wonderful thought, most if not all daily life changes will happen in small, quick, and simple modifications to your normal routine.  Make long-term changes by repeating those small behaviors over time.

Small example steps are: taking 5 minutes a day to write down daily spending habits, swapping out the yogurt for a cleaner brand on the next shopping trip, and making a call to a local gym to ask about their programs. 

HOT TIP: Keep moving forward by making the steps to your expectation REQUIRED, not optional.

3. SUPPORT: Build a support network of people who have been there, done that.  Seek referrals, ideas, or experience friends, family, and area professionals: their feedback is priceless. 

HOT TIP: Kiss shyness goodbye and ASK professionals the questions you have to build your plan.  Experts are people just like you but simply further along on the same journey.

Example Expectations in Action
High Expectation: "Hey Megan, I'm going to become a fitness professional!"

Oh, wow!  Tell me more...

High Expectation with a Plan:
"Hey Megan, I would love to change careers and become a fitness professional!  I can begin working one-on-one with members at a local gym but here's what I need to do:

The local gym requires an ACE Personal Trainer certification; I looked into it online and the ACE PT Exam materials and testing procedure seem valid (NCCA accreditation) and are broken down into segments that fit my 12-14 week/10 hrs per week available study time.  ACE has email reminders, study guides, flash cards, and live chat support, too!

I can make it work if every Monday-Friday from 6-8 AM if I set my alarm and get going on time, plus I'll schedule in two extra study weeks in case emergencies arise before my testing date, so 14 weeks total to prep.  My super family is going to limit distractions during my study hours.  May I email you once or twice if I have content questions?"

Great goal and those first steps sounds amazing! Absolutely!
The expectation may be a strong belief, but the expectation with a plan changes your reality by developing passion, preparation, obstacle avoidance, plus you will gain supporters along your journey.

Take your high expectation and PLAN for it!  What's on your life list?
Wishing you success beyond your wildest dreams!
XO - Megan