Great Expectations

There’s a scene in the movie “The Matrix” where Neo, the main character, has to jump a wide chasm between two skyscrapers. To “fail” means he’ll fall 100 stories or more to the bottom. He fails and he falls. Fortunately the fall is part of a virtual reality program so he’s not actually killed. As he’s falling the other characters all shrug and say something to the effect of, “It’s okay. Everyone fails the first time.” He fails because as most of us do, we’re not sure what to expect from the situation, or from ourselves.

Elite golfers, skiers, bikers, race car drivers and all athletes “walk the course” before competing for that very reason—so they’ll know what to expect from the course when they compete. They learn where the turns, bumps, corners, blind spots and rough patches are so they’re prepared, but they also weigh what they see against how they feel and what they know about their own capabilities.

Smart salespeople, athletes and business people go into situations knowing what to expect of the environment, but great athletes, salespeople and business people go into a situation knowing what to expect of themselves.

What do you expect of yourself?

“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”
~Michael Jordan

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