Do you ever wonder why you’re not happy with where you are right now, and are always saying to yourself “I’ll be happy when…”? This is called an expectation gap. The expectation gap is the distance between where you are right now, and where you’d like to be. That space between today, and until you get to that final destination may not be a fulfilling journey.
The challenge we all face is that we want to reduce the expectation gap and find a way to be content right now. How can we create a habit around gratitude to be more in the moment and still have the patience to dream? Impatience is a real problem. We want to always hurry things along to get to the final outcome while missing the whole process along the way.
There’s also that sense of feeling of not being good enough yet, “but I will be…when I reach my goal”. The problem with this mindset is that you’re teaching yourself to always put happiness and success off until the next milestone is achieved.
This is what we explore in this week’s podcast. We also come to the conclusion that we are all in control of how we see things to be either positive or negative. Not comparing ourselves to others, but instead celebrating our small wins.
“If you focused on creating a habit around being present and grateful, in the long run, this will help to reduce your expectation gap.”
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Things mentioned in this episode
- Forget About Setting Goals. Focus On This Instead. By James Clear
- Looking Past The Aesthetics of Minimalism – Episode 018
- Prem Rawat (Maharaji) here and here
- Day One App
- The Five Minute Journal