Productivity, income, career, weight + body shape, relationships… We perfectionists and recovering perfectionists are pros at setting unrealistically high expectations for ourselves and others in each of those areas and more. Living with high expectations is practically a perfectionist superpower. Whether applied to ourselves or those around us, our over the top expectations inevitably lead to disappointment, judgment, criticism, and anger. These expectations can cut down our self-esteem and self-worth, sabotage our relationships, and stand in the way of getting what we truly want.
So, how do we avoid painful expectation hangovers? What are the expectation equivalents of a big glass of water and a couple of Tylenol before bed? In this week’s episode, we explore powerful ways to better set + manage our expectations and improve our relationship with expectations altogether.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT IN THIS EPISODE…
The trap of unrealistically high expectations of ourselves and others
What to do when unspoken expectations show up out of nowhere
Why our assumptions get us into trouble
The relationship between comparison and expectations
How to treat an expectation hangover
Expectation Hangover: Overcoming Disappointment in Work, Love, and Life book by Christine Hassler
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