This predictive capability works well to warn us of potential danger, problems and concerns. But, it can backfire on us if we're not careful.
Normally, our expectations help us size up a situation or individual. We decide what we can expect from this person or that encounter. We can more quickly avoid certain things while pursuing what seems the right course.
| What we expect often comes true, regardless of reality
So then, life becomes a series of expectations; what we can expect from others. The funny thing is that what we expect often comes true, regardless of reality. In other words, our expectations soon color a situation. What we look for in others, is what we get.
The good news is that we can set our expectations to believe the best in people or assume the worst. We can believe the best about our employees, our colleagues, our senior management or we can assume the worst.
Most of the time, we're right either way.