Do you believe that you put too many expectations on others? Do you feel uncomfortable by some of the expectations others put on you? It is important to be honest about expectations. There are many times when expectations are not met, and relationships are impacted by this. Let’s take a moment to discuss, “Unmet Expectations.”
When was the last time someone asked something of you and you were not able to get it done? Are you honest whenever you are unable to accomplish them? Does it feel uncomfortable when you are being asked to do something that you know you will not be able to? Are you ok when expectations are placed on you?
The other important consideration is to be aware of when you are putting too much expectations on others. Do you ask the person or do you expect them to just do for you? These kind of expectations can seem as though you are taking these individual/s for granted, even if that is not your intention.
How do you handle unmet expectations? Do you respond in anger and complain? Do you communicate why you are disappointed? Too many may take it too lightly when an expectation has been put on others and they are not met. It is so vital to remain honest about what you can and cannot do when someone is asking things of you. If you are not, you can become caught up with arguments and disagreements because you did not do what is asked of you. Also, you must remain honest about when you are unable to meet someone’s expectations. In doing so, you will avoid an unnecessary misunderstanding.
I have been guilty of both, honestly. I have placed too much expectations on others and became very disappointed when they did not meet them. I too failed to meet others expectations that were put on me. This has taught me that it is best to remain an open and honest communication when I am asking something of others. It also means I have to tell others when I cannot do what they are asking of me. This has led to better relationships. When someone fails to meet my expectations, I make sure to communicate with them before rushing to judge them for ‘failing me.’ I also make sure to not make excuses when I cannot do what is asked and reassure the person/s that we can perhaps do things differently to be attainable.
Overall, I believe we can all do better with unmet expectations. Rather than focusing on what someone has not done, why not begin to appreciate what they have. Do not take for granted when you have people in your life who are trying to do things for you even if it may not be exactly the way you thought it should be. Remember, you too can work on meeting an expectation better. We may not meet everyone’s expectations especially when they seem unattainable but we can work on doing what we can. Making an effort demonstrates integrity and a desire to work on doing better.
Share your story. Let me know how unmet expectations has impacted your life. Were you open and honest about it? How did you handle when you disappointed someone because you did not meet their expectations? Allowing ourselves to reflect on how we can do better overall will impact our communication with others and provide healthier relationships. Thank you for taking this moment with me.
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