Back when I was a high school theatre teacher, our administration team kept discussing how our expectations of our students would affect their performance. We were told that if we expected our students to do well, then they would. You can read about one of the studies done on this type of hypothesis in this article from NPR. It's really cool to think about and, over the years, I've found that this idea is prevalent in almost every area of my life.
I used to live in a state of expecting the worst. You might be familiar with these types of thoughts, too -- "There's not enough", "This won't work out", "Today is going to be so long." However, when I adjusted my expectations I started to witness small changes that made way for giant transformations. I started to have more than enough. Opportunities started presenting themselves, and I started noticing miracles on a daily basis. All of this happened because I was sick and tired of being sick and tired.
When you expect more of yourself and of the people around you, you'll experience a psychological shift that affects how you behave and chips away at the limiting beliefs that have been holding you back.
To experience these shifts, all you need to do is start setting intentions instead of letting your old thought patterns lead the way. Before you start your day and get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, take a few minutes to meditate. When you've completed your meditation, state your intention out loud to the Universe.
Let's say you have an important meeting coming up in your day. After meditation, you can say out loud that you intend that your meeting is going to go well. Feel how that feels in your body and take a few minutes to visualize what that looks like. If you're feeling your inner critic pop up telling you that you're wrong, you can add "I am choosing to believe..." to the front of your intention. In the example above, it would become "I am choosing to believe that my meeting will go well." Sometimes, if I find doubt still creeping in I'll add, "If not this, then something better!"
The key here to work with God, Spirit, The Universe, Source Energy, whatever you want to call it. Put it out there and trust it. Remember, you are the co-creator of your life, so you do have to put in work too. You can't not prepare for your meeting, state that you intend it to go well, and then just show up unprepared. You'll be sorely disappointed.
Things may not turn out the exact way you expect, but trust that what does occur is for your Highest and Greatest Good. Maybe the meeting doesn't go as well as you hoped, but that's because there's an even better opportunity that's coming your way in a month's time. I recently interviewed for a promotion at work, and I didn't get the position even though the feedback I received from my interview was fantastic. My intention going into the interview was that I would do well and stay true to myself, which I did. However, since I didn't get the position, I've taken it as a sign that I need to be spending this time working on stuff for The Intrepid Hearts.
Try sending an intention out into the Universe before anything that you do. I set intentions before Tarot readings, teaching, blogging, starting my day, and more. The possibilities are limitless. The more you start expecting more of yourself and your life, the quicker you'll see radical shifts occur. What you focus on will expand, so set your sights high and watch the miracles happen.