Belief and Expectation

by Aronya
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Is it possible to truly expect something to happen, without really believing that it will? Or does belief have to preceed expectation?

I believe, based on personal experience and the observed experiences of others, that if I step into the street when the "WALK" sign is flashing, I'll be able to cross without danger of being run over. But, the first time(s?) I did it, did I already have that firm belief? Did I already have the expectation of success?

Can the underdog team truly expect to win the game against the heavy favorite if they don't believe it? I do think they can believe it but not expect it.

What about business? Love? Money? Can you really set an expectation for success if you don't have the belief? If not, where does the belief come from? If you haven't had the success in the past, can you believe it is coming to you in the future?

What do you guys think?
#belief #expectation
  • Profile picture of the author Sue McDonald
    Hi Aronya

    To succeed you must believe. It would be stupid to not have the belief and faith in the actions you take. Positive actions will produce positive results - that is how simple it can be. Along the way there may be some difficulties encountered but treat them as a learning curve and work out how to get through them. The power of the mind is a powerful weapon that we all can use.

    Don't ever let doubts or niggles overcome the positive. Everyday tell yourself that you will succeed in any endeavor you attempt. Never give up. Do you realize how many inventors had the idea before they made the product? Do you know how many painters visualize their work before it is done and know exactly the finished work will look like?

    This is the power of positive thinking. Yes the underdogs can win if they believe they can!
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  • Profile picture of the author FloridaRay
    You really have to believe in yourself before you can expect anything. Otherwise your expectation will be left without feeling. Expectation and believability are so similar, yet they clash.

    If you do not believe that your product will become a success, it will not. If you believe in he product you will devote much more time cutting out the flaws then you would if you didn't believe in it.
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  • Originally Posted by Aronya View Post

    Is it possible to truly expect something to happen, without really believing that it will? Or does belief have to preceed expectation?

    I believe, based on personal experience and the observed experiences of others, that if I step into the street when the "WALK" sign is flashing, I'll be able to cross without danger of being run over. But, the first time(s?) I did it, did I already have that firm belief? Did I already have the expectation of success?

    Can the underdog team truly expect to win the game against the heavy favorite if they don't believe it? I do think they can believe it but not expect it.

    What about business? Love? Money? Can you really set an expectation for success if you don't have the belief? If not, where does the belief come from? If you haven't had the success in the past, can you believe it is coming to you in the future?

    What do you guys think?
    To answer your question, I would say you probably CANNOT expect something to happen without believing it. At it's core, expecting something to happen means you actually believe it.

    For example, I can't expect my pen will float if I try to drop it because no matter how hard I try I would never believe it. Now, we may delude ourselves into "expectation" or "belief" but if it's a lie then it does not make it a true belief or expectation. Make no mistake, believing you are capable of greatness is HARD WORK. It's something you need to work on and develop in yourself.

    Like master motivator Les Brown says, the HARDEST thing he ever did was actually believe that he could be the great, successful person he is today.
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  • Profile picture of the author HorseStall
    While it is important to believe, it is also important to be realistic about your expectations.
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  • Profile picture of the author Epicurus
    I think that belief and expectation are just 2 essential parts of the ingredients of success, but also other things come into play such as persistence and luck.

    I love the story of Thomas Edison and his many failed experiments to invent the perfect incandescent lamp (light bulb) before he finally found success.

    This is a perfect example of expectation and belief coupled with persistence and positive thought and actions.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aronya
    Thanks for the replies. Sorry I've been away from the board for a couple of days.

    So, it seems that we all tend to feel that belief has to come first. Which begs the next question; How do you come to believe in something?

    In some cases, we only need to see something on video to believe - the moon landings might be one example. In other cases, we accept something as truth because we read it somewhere, or someone just told us it was so, and that was enough.

    But, when it comes to personal success... We can accept that our neighbor can become a millionaire overnight simply enough, but we struggle believing that we can do the same thing. Is it because we haven't done anything similar before? Or do we just see the other guy as being somehow different?
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  • Profile picture of the author FreddieJones
    Yes it is because we haven't done similar before, again if we believe that we'll do it then surely we can do it but it doesn't mean that we'll achieve it always. There should be expectations of failure at early stages but if believe is strong then nothing is impossible and one day we reach our goal.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sue McDonald
    Hi Aronya

    If you have never read this book "Think and Grow Rich" I suggest you download it and read it. It is free. It may have been written in 1938 but it is still relevant to today.

    If you haven't read it yet I hope it helps you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aronya
    Hi Sue. Read it maybe 30 years ago. Intend to take another look at it some time soon. I'm asking the questions to stimulate some conversation around the topics, not because I'm doing some soul searching. But thanks!
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