Expect to Win
I expect to win.
I’ve been this way since I was eight-years-old and taller than every batter I faced in the rookie division of Little League baseball. Before they moved my overgrown butt up to Majors, I struck out the majority of my opponents. I also was what the coach called a wild pitcher.
The little 4’2” batters couldn’t see the ball coming out of my 1970s Afro until it was either crossing the strike zone or chasing them out of the batter’s box. Mostly they would close their eyes and swing at the first three pitches to relieve themselves of the whole ordeal.
But, I didn’t invent the errant pitch or high self-expectation.
Examine the Weekly Reader case of Fable number 226 for proof. The enslaved Grecian Aesop’s tortoise feared nothing in challenging the hare to a foot race. In some version’s of the fable the hare even mocked the tortoise for expecting to win.
But it was for that very reason the tortoise beat the hare to the finish line: he expected to.
Preparing for, pursuing, and achieving success is gratifying, hard work. But it does become easier when you believe in your heart that you will reach your goal.
Don’t confuse high expectation with low-grade hoping and finger crossing.
Of the tens of thousands of people I encounter each year, I know one person who won the lottery. Of the 110 players on my high school football team, one guy made it to the NFL.
In the big scheme of things, that’s not bad odds if you consider that you have a 1-in-a whole bunch chance of being struck by lightning in a given year and you don’t count the other 25 varsity teams in our hometown that year.
But, I know several happy people from school who enjoy incredible success and quality of life—because they expected to—by taking a few bumps, bruises, and calculated risks.
It will not be easy, but if you are where you are supposed to be, it will be enjoyable and doable.
To begin to train yourself to expect to win, repeat your desired outcome several times out loud before you begin any endeavor. Then sketch mental pictures of you reaching your goal. And remember this: Cogito ergo sum.
I think, therefore I am.
Your goals are within reach if you are willing to get started, work hard, and expect to achieve them.