Abandon Expectations and Embrace Expectancy

Do you have a big event marked on the calendar, and are eagerly waiting for it to arrive?  Maybe it’s a vacation, wedding day, first day on a new job, a conference to hear your favorite speaker, the grand opening of your new business, or your annual weekend away with friends.

Whatever the case, it’s easy to find yourself dreaming about the things you will do, the people you will meet, and the conversations you will have.

That’s great — but be careful.

It’s okay to be excited but if we go too far with that it can be a setup for disappointment, frustration and discouragement.

What happens if we hold onto the perfect event as it’s planned out in our mind but it turns out to be something different? If we place an expectation on our time, we may miss the hidden beauty and interesting pathways off the main road toward our destination.

Having expectancy, rather than expectations, is different.

When we walk in expectancy, there’s anticipation of some good and wonderful things but the way those things play out are to be held onto loosely. We plan, we prepare, we dream, but we shouldn’t try to control our plans. When we do, it’s difficult to embrace the beautiful twists and turns that life offers.

Business leaders should develop a plan but hold onto it with an open hand. If they don’t, they may miss the unique opportunities that await them for greater influence and increased revenue.

Expectations set us up for failure. Expectancy sets us up for success.