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Tim Kolodziej

April 19, 2012

Tim Kolodziej: Really, what did you expect?

NEW CASTLE — What did you expect, employee?

That your computer would always work?

That your company would never cut back your health insurance?

Or freeze your pay?

Or your supervisor would always have a smile and recognize all the hard work you’ve put in?

Or you would always get along with co-workers?

Really, what did you expect?

What did you expect, athlete?

That you would never miss a game because of injury or illness?

That you would get a hit every time at bat?

That you would never miss a free throw?

Or a block?

Or let one slip past you into the goal?

Really, what did you expect?

What did you expect, parent?

That your children would always obey?

That you would never be up all night with a sick kid?

Or take a vacation day from work to stay home with her?

Or that your children would always make straight A’s?

Or be the star of their sports teams?

Or never get into trouble at school?

Or crash the new car?

Really, what did you expect?

What did you expect, regular-Joe-or-Jill-Average-human being?

That it won’t rain just because it’s YOUR wedding day?

That traffic would actually be light because YOU are late for work?

That YOU won’t get sun poisoning on the first day of vacation?

That birds will actually ignore YOUR car after you’ve had it washed and waxed?

That you WON’T need a root canal?

Or glasses?

Or physical therapy on that bad back of yours.

Really, what did you expect?

Expectations.

We’ve all got them.

We’ve all been crushed by them at some point.

Now what?

How should an employee, athlete, parent or plain old human being react to shattered expectations?

Just because circumstances change constantly doesn’t mean we have to. Let me repeat that: Just because circumstances change constantly doesn’t mean we have to.

Stay the course. Continue leaning forward. Avoid the temptation to look around and worry.

Instead, remain laser-focused on the vision.

Always aim for perfection — and know it’s NOT always possible.

Always be content with excellence — and know it’s ALWAYS possible.

Never be satisfied with “good enough.” It’s neither good, nor enough.

In other words, go ahead and expect.

Anything.

’Cause chances are, you’ll get it.

***Click on the video below for a hilarious look at shattered expectations.

 

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