We all have certain expectations which were placed in our minds as we grew up. For example, we are often told we have to get a good job in order to have a comfortable life, or that being poor buids better character than having wealth. We might be told to go to church, or live modestly, or not to expect much from life so we don't get too disappointed. We might also have been told we are not special and don't deserve much in life. On the other hand, some are told they are better than others, but this is only ego and is also a limiting belief. We unconsciously take on some of these beliefs and keep them long after we become adults. The fact is, our parents' egos placed those beliefs into our own developing egos, and so the expectations continue. But what if we taught ourselves to expect things in a different way?
Let's suppose we were told a comfortable life could be ours without working for an employer, and that we could do it ourselves? What if we were told we could be of good character but also wealthy? What if we were told to expect lots from life, and to simply wish for it, and that it would be relatively easy? The fact is that these thoughts are every bit as real as the limiting expectations. Although these thoughts could be a part of our ego, if we remain aware of our ego, there is no reason why we can't have those expectations and see them come true.
There was once a boy who loved puppets. He began making them at school and probably received his share of ridicule when he continued in high school. But he had a vision, an expectation, that he could be the best at his craft. The boy was Jim Henson who of course went on to create the Muppets as an adult. My point is that if you set your sights on a goal, no matter how impractical or even foolish it may seem, it can come alive in ways you may not have imagined. Another young boy of 10, also named Jim, wrote a letter to Carol Burnett, stating that as a master of impressions, he ought to have a role on the show. He received a form refusal letter, and thought he might wind up working in a steel mill, but he persevered in his dreams. (expectations) While still a struggling stand-up comic, he wrote himself a post-dated cheque for ten million dollars. On the day it came due, he was able to cash it. Jim Carrey is now a household name, and he attributes his own success to expecting a better life, and sticking to what he chose to do and be - even if it paid nothing at first. We can all get what we truly desire - a great relationship - a wonderful home - the life of our dreams. But do we dare to dream it?