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Your expectations create your reality

By | David Klaasen | Helping You Create Clarity, Inspire Your People & Drive Performance | Retain your best people | Changing Management Mindsets and Behaviour | Practical Behaviour Analytics

Your expectations create your reality. Your brain is a prediction machine constantly imagining what will happen next and it will seek out data that confirms what it expects to see. If you expect success, you will experience feedback that leads you to it. If you expect failure, you will experience feedback that leads you to it.

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Your raw experience of your life is in fact neutral. It’s just stuff that happens. However, how you respond to it makes a big difference to what happens next. Your brain is constantly interpreting what is happening to match and confirm your expectations, and this mostly happens at a below-conscious level. From the moment you had a brain it was busy making connections about what happened in the past and what will happen next. Your brain is doing this right now as you are reading this article. If you expect to gain value or insight from the article, you will keep reading, if you don’t, you will probably become distracted and something else will grab your attention. 

The eyes only see and the ears only hear what the mind is looking for. For example, if you are considering buying a new car of a particular make and model you will begin to notice them all over the place. This does not mean there are more of these cars on the road, it is just that you become more aware of them. This phenomenon is called ‘Priming’. When we prime our brains to notice certain things, they will show up in our awareness. 

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