#1. Poor Mind-Set
#2. Chasing The Wrong People
#4. Unrealistic Expectations
Annette is 19 years old, 4' 7" inches tall and weighs 87 lbs. She is physically well built for her size, agile and quick on her feet.
Her goal is to play professional basketball. Is this a realistic expectation for Annette? Naturally, this is an unreal expectation for Annette. Unrealistic expectations are rarely ever mentioned by motivational speakers and self-styled Gurus.
It is not profitable to tell the teeming masses that there are many things they can not have and will never succeed at. It does not matter how motivated, enthusiastic, positive, persistent and determined they might be to achieve success or realize a dream. Before you decide upon what you are willing to do, first determine, whether or not what you want to achieve is realistic for you the way you are right now.
Johnny just joined an online business opportunity and sincerely expects to be a millionaire in 3 months. Allison signed up with a real estate program and is already telling her friends she'll be moving into a mansion within 30 days. Hyacinth just bought Joe Gurus lastest book on Internet Marketing and fully expects to have a million signups in 90 days. Pedro recently opened an online store and fully expects to be selling a million a month by the end of the year.
If Marvin paced his growth and expanded his business ventures over an extended period his goal becomes more realistic. In order to have realistic expectations in any endeavor, give yourself a heavy dose of reality. This will always improve your thinking and planning.
Unrealistic expectations also work in the reverse. You can underperform, underachieve and not reach or realize your full potential, creative ability or ascend to the heights you were meant to attain because unrealistic low expectations. These low expectations can cause any rational human being to undervalue himself/herself, his/her abilities, capabilities as well as,everything and everyone around them or anything and everything he/she is associated with.
Unrealistic expectations produces it fair share of business and life failures. It really doesn't matter whether it is high or low, it can be a source of anguish, anxiety, frustration and demoralization. It can rob you of performance, sleep, your health, your family, sanity, relationships and even your life. To avoid this failure trap, never divorce yourself from actuality and reality. In our next post, we will discuss "Poor Management", the number 5 reason why so many fail in home businesses.