It’s time for Day 9 of The Geek Joy Challenge! Hello! 😀

Welcome back. 🙂 I hope you’re having a terrific day thus far! 😀

Today’s instalment of #geekjoy is all about expectations (surprise surprise!) and it turns out that there are two ways of playing with this which, on the face of it, seem totally counter-intuitive.

First up there’s the idea that if you expect to have a wonderful day, if you expect great things, if you expect ideas and inspiration to show up exactly when you need them, they will. (And it works! I’ve experienced this for myself far too many times now to be able to even entertain the idea that this might not be so.)

But then there’s the concept of setting low expectations, such that you won’t be disappointed and, from that position, the only way is up! And given what a massive fan I am of under-scheduling, and how much I delight in advocating a list of just 1 to 3 things that, if achieved, will make for a wonderful day, I can see sense in this thinking too.

So how do we allow these two, seemingly contrasting positions, to play nice?

What if we could do both? What if the key to a more lovely day is expecting that it will be lovely whilst, at the same time, lowering our expectations around how much we will strive for?

(For the record, I think “strive” is the naughty elder sister of “should” and I’d happily banish both from our vocabulary for ever and ever!)

There is nothing more toxic than sleepwalking through life but we totally underestimate how much we can do in a year (whilst simultaneously overestimating how much we can do in a day!) The expectations you set, how you decide to show up in your today, how much space you do or don’t allow in your day for wonder and delight, all impact how much you will enjoy this journey.

And so, your challenge for today, if you choose to accept it, is to take a moment at the start of your day to consider what it is that you’re expecting today and then make that (teeny tiny!) list of just 1, 2 or 3 things that you will play with today that, in so doing, will make this “count” as a brilliant day.

Are you ready? Get to it!
Until then, keep smiling and have yourself a fabulous day,

P.S. In case you’re more of a visual person, I recorded a video over on Facebook about the power of expectations. Click here to watch it.