What Do You Expect?

What Do You Expect?

What Do You Expect?

Norman Vincent Peale said, “We tend to get what we expect.” Therefore, it is to our advantage to be clear about what we expect. I thought of 7 things I expect to be true in the United States.

7 Things I Expect:

  1. Equal pay for equal work.
  2. A person’s worth and dignity are not dependent upon their skin color.
  3. A child’s zip code does not determine the quality of his or her education.
  4. Sexual harassment is intolerable regardless of the position and power of the wrongdoer.
  5. Women have control of their bodies and reproductive rights.
  6. Healthcare is a right for all Americans.
  7. We have common sense gun control legislation and enforcement.

Ironically, this list of seven expectations could have been my mother’s or even grandmother’s list. But, they are mine because they are not yet fully realized.

Expect More and Assume Less

I believe we must expect more and assume less. Recently, I read an old blogpost on the Internet that distinguished the difference between expectations and assumptions. Expectations are outcomes we desire. Conversely, assumptions are outcomes we believe exist already or will exist with a high level of certainty. The former compels us to act while the latter lulls us into passivity. Nothing good comes from assuming. Therefore, let us be clear about what we expect. And, let our expectations drive us to work toward the reality we desire.

High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectations. ~ Charles Kettering

What Do You Expect?

What do you expect? Perhaps you hold many of the expectations I listed above. I hope you do and that together, we will join with people all across this country, in the fight to make those expectations a reality. But do not stop there. I hope in reading this, you will reflect on the things you expect for yourself, family, career, and community. And, let your expectations propel you to act so that as Peale said, you get what you expect.

We all have a fight in us – something that pushes us to act. When there is a gap between what we expect and what is real, we cannot help but try to close that gap.  


“When we know better, we do better.”

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