Expectations :: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

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Another journal entry and another reminder to keep expectations I put on myself in check...

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Expectations aren’t necessarily bad. Isn’t it great when we know what is expected from us? When you’re in a working relationship or even a friendship, it’s great to talk about expectations from the get go so that everyone is on the same page. It avoids a lot of hurt in the future. That’s the good side of expectations. But there’s an ugly side, too. Or, at least in my case there is.

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Through this sabbatical process, I’ve realized that I put so many expectations on myself. Sometimes I think I feel expectations from others, but most of the time, I put them on myself. Now it’s great to have goals to accomplish but when it starts to paralyze you, it goes from good to ugly. That’s why I was initially so intimidated about going on a personal retreat. Hearing the words, I immediately felt the weight of needing to have this awesome experience with God. I needed to come back with all these words He spoke to me, maybe even direction for the future. Relax, Jen.

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It needed to be about me making myself available to God and letting Him dictate what would happen. It needed to be about rest, but rest can’t come if there’s a weight on my shoulders. I was able to relax and put it in God’s hands before I even left, but the realization of the expectations I put on myself was before me, and I had (and still have) to walk it out with God.

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  1. One of the best things I learned in the corporate world was the importance of "managing expectations." My boss at the time had a mantra of "under-promise and over-deliver." I have learned as a mother of small children to promise very very little!!

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