The Power Of Expectation
The power of expectation subconsciously controls your life to finally create self fulfilling prophesies. The expectations of those around you modify your behavior for better, or for worse. Your own expectations can fill you with energy, or drive you into despair and despondency. Expectations narrow your choices in life, while providing drives, which energize you into achieving higher goals. Imitative learning, unique self perceptions and social boundaries mold the expectations, which intuitively focus your goals and empower your endeavors.
The traditions of your family, instilled by imitation from infancy set your goals. Your belief, that you are a particular kind of person with a particular role, generates the expectations, which can make you a winner, or a loser. Expectations can fill you with the energy to achieve more, or make you unhappy and dissatisfied. Understand the mechanisms, which create those expectations. With self awareness, you can empower the positive expectations and discard the negative ones.
- The intuitive process works by narrowing your access to your memories.
- Beginning from infancy, imitation narrows your habits to that of your social group.
- The expectation of a reward energizes your nervous system.
- Rewards are imagined and triggered by cues in the environment.
- Good leaders naturally raise positive expectations.
- Negative expectations are instilled from childhood.
- Since disappointments trigger pain and hostility, expectations should be managed.
- Expectations create social stereotypes.
- Use the power of expectation to energize your life.
- The Self Improvement Plan can remove negative expectations.
Power Of Expectation – Intuition Narrows Choices
website presents a “pattern recognition view” to explain the
immense power of your mind. You know that your brain stores memories
of evolutionary events across millions of years. It stores the
sights, sounds and experiences of a lifetime. It remembers thousands
of your habitual activities. This wisdom is suggested to be stored by
the brain in its 100 billion nerve cells as instantly
Prize 2004). From this galactic store, intuition is
the process, which recalls such codes, in fractions of a second, as
the image of a school picnic, or the complex hand movements of your
brain achieves all this using inductive reasoning through a process
of elimination. All nerve cells recognize combinatorial patterns.
Those cells, which are unrelated to your current concern become
inhibited, since they fail to recognize a linking pattern. Throughout
the nervous system there are neural circuits which switch off other
circuits when their own areas are energized. Context is identified
through elimination. If the animal you see is pink, it is NOT an
elephant. Such a search through the massive database in billions of
neurons focuses on the answer within the blink of an eye. Everything
you do works this way. For each word in your speech, the system
eliminates all the words in your vocabulary, which do not suit the
expression of your idea.
someone said "When a tiger bounds towards you, what should your
response be? Should you file your toenails? Do a cartwheel? Sing a
song? Is this the moment to run an uncountable number of randomly
generated response possibilities through the decision rule?"
Inhibition works to eliminate alternatives for every decision of the
nervous system. If the choice is to chew grass, the drive to quench
thirst is instantly inhibited. The elimination process wisely also
discards “impossible” solutions from its search. Expectation
works by narrowing possibilities. Your hidden expectations eliminate
many options in your life by putting them into the “impossible”
Power Of Expectation – Imitation
imitation narrows the range of expected social actions. Without
actually seeing ourselves, we tend to imitate other members of our
social circle. We are born with a visual pattern recognition system,
which converts visual recognition messages into proprioceptive motor
patterns. Nerve cell codes process light patterns into motor
found that infants, as young as 42 minutes old, imitate lip
protrusion, mouth opening, tongue protrusion and finger movements.
They imitated movements, such as tongue protrusion and lip
protrusion, without confusing between the actions. In a process,
which begins early, imitative learning converts the movements and
gestures of our community into our durable habits. A Western adult
cannot easily adopt the shuffling gait of a Chinese peasant. The
imitation process narrows down the scope for individual social
activities into those expected from a particular social group.
Power Of Expectation – The Dopamine Effect
a particular expectation narrows choices, the expectation of a reward
causes the mind to release dopamine, energizing the system. Professor
Wolfram Schultz discovered that the neuro-modulator dopamine is
released when a cue from the environment indicates that your actions
will lead you to a valued reward. Dopamine provides clarity to
immediate objectives and makes a person feel more energetic and
elated. The process inducts you into a happy “Living in the Now”
state of mind. Dopamine levels rise when you want something, even
something as simple as wanting to cross the road. A person feels more
aware and interested in the tasks on hand. Working towards a
pleasurable goal energizes you.
is not the reward, but the expectation of a reward, which releases
dopamine. Nature, in its wisdom, energizes the system till the goal
is achieved and then stops. Using the same logic, motor impulses stop
firing to contract muscles, when when a target is achieved. The
enthusiasm generated by an expectation lasts till the goal is
achieved. Scientists were surprised to discover that working towards
a pleasurable objective by itself granted energy and vitality. As a
result, most people feel disappointed at the lack of an imagined
excitement after reaching a desired objective. In fact, people drop
off into an exhausted sleep after winning a strenuous contest. The
expectations during the journey are more exciting than joy of
reaching the destination.
Power Of Expectation – Pattern Recognition Of Rewards
their basic needs are met, expectations of imagined rewards motivate
people to work harder. Schultz found that dopamine releases related
to the recognition of cues in the environment, which indicate valued
rewards. While unexpected benefits also release dopamine, people, who
work towards a goal, don't usually know how it feels when they win.
They imagine. Those desires, which have been satiated, are also no
longer attractive. With each venture, people actually imagine better
rewards, which, naturally have fewer blemishes. The next achievement
is believed to be better than the last.
comforts, monetary benefits, the prestige of winning prizes, the
discovery of new ideas and the completion of projects are typical
imagined rewards, which motivate people. Visions, images and stories
of success create expectations, which make people persistently work
for such rewards. Great leaders and the advertising industry have the
capacity to generate those images, which fire the imagination.
Corporations use small unexpected rewards to increase expectations.
Surprise bonuses, parties and awards to winners generate excitement
about achieving goals. Expectations of such rewards release the
dopamine, which make people apply themselves with increased energy
and greater focus.
Power Of Expectation – Building Positive Expectations
best managers have confidence in themselves and in their ability to
hire, develop and motivate people. Their self confidence and success
naturally generate positive expectations. Their subordinates
naturally expect to succeed. The underlings are given responsibility
and their judgments are trusted. Their mistakes are accepted as part
of the learning process. When such positive expectations are
transmitted, people respond with energy and enthusiasm. Once happy
expectations have been cultivated, the process becomes self
sustaining. The organization continues to communicate high
Power Of Expectation – Building Negative
the expectations of many people are narrowed by their early
experiences in life. Teachers, who are under pressure to deliver
results tend to ignore the differently talented children. They become
impatient with them, provide them with few opportunities to answer
questions, or fail to help them to discover answers. A lack of
attention and ongoing criticism discourage children and make them
lose interest in studies. A teenager, who has been told he is
worthless, with no sense of right or wrong, will expect to fail in
life. Negative expectations conveyed to children eliminate vast areas
of opportunity from their minds.
Power Of Expectation – The Impact Of Disappointments
and despair follow the disappointment of an expectation. Dopamine
levels fall sharply after a disappointment. The resulting sense of
loss is painful. Normally, a patient suffers pain, when damaged skill
cells cause nociceptors, pain nerve cells, to fire. But pain
processing channels have also a disagreeable emotional “hurt”
component, which fires, when a person suffers a loss. To enable
animals to remember and avoid pain, “speed dial circuits,”
persist over the years in the amygdala,
the organ associated with the avoidance of pain.
circuits draw attention to the pain, when any related events occur
and continue the sense of disappointment over long periods. It is
important for leaders and organizations to avoid giving high
expectations to people. Unmet expectations are remembered. They
generate strong threat responses and can lead to permanent hostility.
Great leaders carefully manage expectations to avoid not meeting
them. If you keep your expectations low, you will avoid
disappointment and be thrilled with any received rewards. Keeping
cool about potential wins pays off.
Power Of Expectation – Social Stereotypes
create social stereotypes, which simplify the complexity of social
interactions. Negative expectations are initiated by fear, or anger,
which intuitively limit recall to fearful, or angry memories, causing
people to accept inconsistent information. Unthinking expectations
confirm prejudices during social interactions by focusing on negative
behaviors and ignoring positive contributions.
Power Of Expectation – Let Expectations Energize You
small a reward, its expectation releases dopamine and energizes you.
when you pay attention to the small things around you and carry out
your tasks with focused effort. As you carry on this practice, you
will find joy in preparing a meal, a few moments of quietness,
listening to music, or a discourse. Become conscious of each joyful
event. Fit the few such things which you enjoy into your schedule.
Then you can look forward to a few rewarding moments all through the
day, even in a tedious work schedule. Expectation of these breaks can
fill you with energy.
Power Of Expectation – Delete Unrealistic
are self-fulfilling prophecies. They are subconsciously formed
internally and communicated to others. People respond to them and
adjust their behaviors accordingly. The expectations, which can
decide your future are hidden. Bring them out into the open. Write
down the things, which bother you in life. Ask yourself if any of
these relate to an unrealistic expectation.
you expecting flawless performances from life? Have you made the
right career choice? Are you blaming yourself for actions over which
you have no real control? The Self
Improvement Plan in
this website suggests a way of putting down all this data and making
sense of it. You can manage your expectations. You can prevent
emotional roller coasters and enjoy greater peace of mind. Trusting
and empowering your positive expectations can lead you to
This page was last updated on 08-Sep-2014.