Positive expectations bring good things
into my life. They are like a giant magnet that attracts a positive
future. They help me live longer and better. Medical research has
shown that optimists with positive expectations live longer than pessimists. They have less
illness, and when they get sick, they recover faster.
Positive expectations are a self-fulfilling prophecy. When I have
positive expectations, I anticipate that good things will happen. I
start to think positive thoughts and take positive actions that lead to
a positive life.
Negative expectations are also a self-fulfilling prophecy. They are the
script for a negative future. When I have negative expectations, I
anticipate that bad things will happen. I start thinking negative
thoughts and taking negative actions that result in a negative life.
I don't get what I want in life; I get what I expect. Jesus said,
"Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door
will be opened." I am to ask expectantly, seek expectantly,
and knock expectantly. When Jesus healed people he said, "As you have
believed, so it shall be done unto you." Jesus came to change our
expectations. He taught that positive
expectations are the foundation for a positive life.
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You can tell when people have positive expectations. They live as if
their dreams are possible and work each day to make them happen.
Until recently, I never understood what it meant to have positive
expectations. For much of my life, I regarded positive expectations as
a form of internal hype where I psyched myself up into believing that my
dreams were possible. Using this approach, I got on A for effort, and it
did work to a certain degree. Nevertheless, I have to confess that much
of the time, my positive expectations had a hollow sound as they echoed
in the corridors of my mind.
Eventually, I figured out that positive expectations are much more than
a belief that my dreams are possible. Positive expectations are a way
Maybe it sounds like I am splitting hairs over the meaning of positive
expectations, but I don't think so. Here's why. Here's what positive
expectations mean to me.
When I have positive expectations, I live as if my dreams are possible
and work each day to make them happen. I am totally engaged in making
my dreams come true.
I spent thousands of hours working on Exit Only as we sailed around the
world because I had positive expectations. I believed that if I kept
her in good condition, we would have a safe and enjoyable trip.
I spent hundreds of hours getting
my Extra Class ham radio license because I had positive expectations. I
believed that if I had my amateur radio license, I would be able to
maintain communications with family and friends while I sailed offshore.
I purchased a satellite telephone because I had positive expectations.
I believed that in an emergency at sea, I could substantially push the
odds of survival in my favor by having satellite communications ready
I spent hundreds of hours practicing celestial navigation while living
ashore in the Middle East because I had positive expectations. I
believed that if I learned how to navigate in the desert, then
navigation on the ocean would be a breeze.
I spent ten years writing five books on positive thinking and positive
spirituality because I had positive expectations. I believed that my
books would make a difference in people's lives.
I created more than sixty podcasts and put them on my websites because I
had positive expectations. I believed that what I had to say would help
other people live their dreams.
I created a positive web ring with 32 domains because I had positive
expectations. I believed that I could create a series of websites that
would help people push their minds in a positive direction.
I outfitted two Land Rover Defenders for expeditionary travel , and I
have them in storage in Australia and New Zealand because I have
positive expectations. I believe that someday I'm going to drive them
in a convoy around the world.
I have Exit Only hauled out of the water and stored on dry land because
I have positive expectations. I believe that before long, I will sail
once again on the ocean of my dreams.
I am working as a flying doctor because I have positive expectations. I
know that my growing stash of freedom chips will finance my next
This list has grown very long, but I made it long on purpose. I wanted
to show you that when you have positive expectations, you live as if
your dreams are possible and work each day to make them happen.
Positive expectations aren't daydreaming or wishful thinking. They are
all the things you do each day to make your dreams come true. They are
a way of life.
People who have positive expectations are Unstoppable, Consistently
Positive, Endlessly Persistent, Doers of Dreams.