Raising Our Expectations Of Others

October 13, 2021

Raising Our Expectations Of Others

I was listening to an old radio recording between Oprah and Esther Hicks the other night and Oprah said something that really struck me.  She recited a quote from Abraham Hicks,

 “The greatest gift you can give someone is your highest expectation of them.”

 That one got me right in the gut.  I really needed to hear that.  I realized that I had been having really low expectations of someone in my life.  I know on an intellectual level that what I expect is what I will receive.  So if I expect someone to act a certain way, the Universe will deliver that to me and the person will fulfill those expectations. It also made me realize that when I have low expectations of another person, there are certain actions that I inadvertently take that make those expectations a self-fulfilling prophecy. 

I realize it’s time to turn that around and expect differently. That can be difficult when you have a history with another person that is rooted in a certain dynamic that has been going on for a long time.  But from an LOA standpoint, it makes perfect sense.

So I’m changing my thoughts with respect to this relationship.  Instead of reliving the same themes with this person over and over, I’m going to shift my expectations to be higher. 

I’m also going to do this for myself.  I’m going to raise my expectations of myself.  If that is the greatest gift you can give to someone else, then it’s also the greatest gift we can give to ourselves!

Do you have any relationships where your expectations are lower than they could be?  How do you feel about raising those expectations?  Not as a test to see if they fail, but as faith that they are capable of more than you have assigned to them in the past?  I’m eager to hear your thoughts and experiences with this.

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