As outlined last week, in personal and professional life, most of us are struggling to manage the expectation as we have limited time and resources.
When there is a gap between the expectation and reality, it becomes problematic. This problem may result in disappointment, angry, self deprivation, frustration or in modern management terminology STRESS.
For example, at a personal level, you may like to give up some bad habits and in reality, if you are not able to give up, that makes you disappointment, that shakes your self confidence or you start to hate yourself. How to manage about yourself during such circumstances?
Similarly, in professional front, you may expect high performance levels from your team and the team is not up to your expectation, you get into disappointment, frustration or personal level vengeance with some team members. Eventually it starts spoiling the quality of relationship with the team. How to manage the expectation from others? In the reverse situation, your boss is expecting more from you and if you are up to his expectation, the same level of stress your boss may be undergoing as you are going through!!!..How to manage the expectation of others for you??
Similarly, even in family front, you may expect something from your spouse, children and the reality may be different. You get into disappointment and sometimes the disappointments turn into anguish and verbal battle situations. How to manage those expectations in a domestic environment?
The point for realization is that there is no guarantee that reality will always be same as you are expecting. What we need to learn is how to cope or manage the gap between the expectation and reality.
We discuss some of the insights about expectation management next week!