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Great Expectations.
April 12, 2003.

"High expectations are the key to everything."
Sam Walton

Expect success.
Expect to win.
Expect the best out of life.

These may be great expectations to be sure, but make no mistake about it — these are precisely the type of expectations the most successful people possess daily. But that really shouldn't surprise any of us. After all, how in the world can anyone consistently enjoy the best life has to offer unless he or she EXPECTS success in the first place? Without question, great expectations pave the path to a great life.

What kind of GREAT EXPECTATIONS do you have for your own life?

Contrary to what some may lead you to believe, each of us gets to write our own ticket in life. Whatever you expect out of life — good, bad or something in between — ultimately wins out in the long run. Orison Swett Marden said, "We advance on our journey only when we face our goal, when we are confident and believe we are going to win out." Henry David Thoreau echoed that sentiment when he said, "Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around." Without a doubt, belief is the key.

"Whatever we expect with confidence becomes our own self-fulfilling prophecy."
Brian Tracy

In order to attract the kind of success you desire in life, you have to expect it to happen. In fact, you need to KNOW IT WILL HAPPEN! No ifs, ands or buts allowed. The most successful people on earth are those who prepare to win, play to win and most importantly, they expect to win. These top performers set their sights on the very best life has to offer; nothing less will ever do. Their great expectations pave the path to success.

"Look and you will find it. What is unsought will go undetected."

Why should you ever settle for second place finishes or a second rate lifestyle? You shouldn’t. You need to set your sights on the stars up above and even more importantly, do whatever it takes to get the job done. Whatever it takes!

Paul J. Meyers, a pioneer in the self improvement field, encapsulated the formula for success when he said, "Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe and enthusiastically act upon must inevitably come to pass."

You start by painting a breath taking picture of those things you truly want in your mind. See them, feel them — make them come alive. Then you need to believe with your whole heart that you can accomplish the goals and objectives you desire. No second thoughts or second guessing allowed. YOU’VE GOT TO BELIEVE YOU CAN DO IT. Then immediately set out to make it happen with every ounce of strength and commitment you can muster.

"Man is what he believes."
Anton Chekhov

You must never stop believing in yourself or your dreams. Oscar Wilde said, "I can believe anything, provided that it is quite incredible." Incredible, extraordinary, almost unbelievable dreams are what life is all about. Only these kind of high powered mental images can inspire, excite and motivate you to action.

Believe you will be successful — and you will be. Believe you will win — and you’ll emerge victorious. Believe you deserve the best out of life — and the best is headed your direction. Great expectations is the name of the (winning) game.

The Bottom Line: The greater your expectations and the belief that you will be successful, the greater the success you’ll ultimately enjoy in life.

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