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At the end of the day, if I were to ask you how your day has been (I would do if I saw you late in the day), what would you say?
Or if, at the end of the week, I asked “How’s your week been?”
Would you say “Good”?
But, from my experience of asking these questions hundreds and hundreds of times……..
You probably won’t.
For most people the ‘best part’ of their week (at least according to their Facebook statuses) is “the end of it”.
Or “getting through it”.
The question we could ask though, is what ‘measuring stick’ are we applying to whether a day or week is good or not?
What definition of what has to happen in that time frame?
If we have no definition at all, we’re just left with “How I feel”.
And that will never tell us that we feel the week has been good.
If we have some other definition………
Where everything goes perfectly……….
Where we get absolutely everything done we possibly could want to………
Despite that rarely (if ever) happening in reality………
Then that’s not a “good week”.
That’s a “fairy-tale week”.
And that’s just setting us up for disappointment, frustration and the feeling that it’s been a “bad” week (or day).
If we set a standard that isn’t going to happen…….
Is that serving us well?
An approach that benefits us?
Changing that standard doesn’t mean lowering it.
If anything, by having worthwhile, but doable, expectations……..
That increases standards over time.
We feel things are going well.
We build confidence and momentum.
We don’t constantly feel we’re “failing”.
That we’re “behind”.
We feel less “overwhelmed”.
Unmet expectations are the route of many of our negative emotions.
And if they’re consistently unmet, maybe we need to look at the expectations we’re setting?
Jon ‘of New York’ Hall