Setting Clear Expectations

Critical Thinking and Clear Expectations

There are no hard and fast rules for life. All of us seek different goals for different reasons.  And in the rush to change, critical thinking often falls victim to bumper sticker
thinking. You know, those short, great sounding ideas without context.

So do we raise our expectations or lower them?  Do we keep our goals to ourselves or shout them from the rooftops?  Do we go forward without reservation or do we proceed with caution? Which is it?

Well I have found, that like in many things, the answer is − it depends.

The only guides to positive change that work consistently are the ones that challenge us to question the variety of our actions and honesty of our efforts. So to help set our paths for the future, I offer this list of reflective questions:

  • What do I want?
    • Short-term?
    • Long-term?


  • What am I willing to do, to get what I want?
    • Short-term?
    • Long-term?


    • What am I willing to give up, to get what I want?
      • Short Term?
      • Long Term?


    • Who do I want to “be”?


    • Who am I becoming through the intentions I set and actions I take, each day?
        • Are they the same?


    • Can I paint a clear picture of what success looks like, feels like and smells like?
        • If not, why not?


    • What small steps am I willing to take every day to create positive results?
      • With my life
      • With my career
      • With my family
      • With my friends


    • Are these reasonable expectations?
      • If not, what do I need to do first to make them reasonable?


    • Can I handle the changes I am committing myself to?


    • Am I waiting for permission from others to grow?
        • If yes, why?


    • Do I agree that for my life to change for the better, the change has to be in me?


    • Do I feel I am on the right track?


    • When will I start?


Change happens when your intentions and your actions are in sync and oftentimes accountability helps.

Once you’ve set your path, forward a copy to someone you trust. It’s a great first step toward a more successful life!



John Chappelear
John is an award-winning author, consultant and speaker, with more than 30 years experience as an executive and entrepreneur. He is recognized internationally as an expert in individual and organizational wellness. His book, The Daily Six, has helped individuals and organizations across the world become more positive and productive. He is the founder of Changing the Focus, LLC which creates and delivers programs that builds positive, powerful, and balanced individuals, and more productive, creative, and profitable organizations.