I was 8 years old playing Monopoly with my family and I was losing! Badly!
So badly in fact that when I realized I was not going to win, I shocked everyone and threw the board, the money and all that was associated with the game up in the air, and stomped out of the room!
“Julie! You are such a poor loser! My mother said
“I’m done!” and I walked off in a huff.
Sadly, the older I got, the more competitive I became.
Where does this type of behavior come from?
My parents were both exceptional teachers and entrepreneurs. They raised us to set goals for ourselves and once you reached that goal, you needed to immediately set another.
Expectations were high. Perfection was not expected, yet it was understood you would do NO LESS THAN your very best and in that, perfection was assumed and thought of as right around the corner.
As I saw my parents make success look so easy, I thought it would be simple for me too.
WHEN YOU SEE PERFECTION AS THE NORM, YOU ARE UNDER
THE ILLUSION THAT IT WILL BE QUICK, FAST AND EASY.
I didn’t pay attention to all the long nights they worked, how much they pushed themselves and the many hours they spent honing their craft.
WHAT ARE YOUR EXPECTATIONS?
It all comes down this one very important question: What are your expectations?