Happy Wednesday everyone! How have your wellness endeavors been going lately? Are they going the way you expected?
On Monday, we talked about how we can become victims of our own expectations when it comes to making wellness changes. We live in such a quick-fix society that we want immediate results without much work — even if it’s only subconsciously. That’s why managing our expectations when it comes to wellness is so important.
I’m just going to be honest here. I know better, and there are times that I can still fall victim to having unrecognized or unrealistic expectations. If you’ve been part of the Reclaiming HOPE family for long, you know that I live with fibromyalgia. That means that I have some limitations when it comes to certain things, especially physical activity. The problem is that somewhere, in the back of my mind, I still expect to be able to do the things I used to do pre-fibromyalgia.
Guess what — those expectations set me up for disappointment and feelings of failure. The pure, simple fact is that I can’t do all the things I used to do, and most likely, will not be able to. The great thing, though, is that there are plenty of things I can do.
Do you ever find yourself in the same boat? The problem with those subconscious or unrealistic expectations is that they can set us up for failure.
Taking a good, long look at what our expectations really are around a given wellness change can help us approach our wellness endeavors realistically and give us long-term success instead of a ‘quick fix’ that doesn’t last.
This week, let’s ask ourselves:
Have you ever, like me, fallen victim to unrealistic expectations when it comes to your wellness? How did it turn out? Do you think there’s value in making managing your expectations a part of your goal-setting process? Please share!