Expectations are one of the most powerful factors that determine if we are successful (or not) with our projects. As we move forward executing the various tasks, do we expect to win or do we expect to fail? Expectations shape subtle behaviors that greatly influence the outcome of our project.
For example, I needed nine refrigerated box trucks/trailers for my project last week…but I was short by one truck for one of our mobile campuses. I needed a miracle to bring the project across the finish line. My friend Doug had the idea that one campus might have space in the school refrigerators (instead of using the truck), so we had two choices….and only 12 hours before our deadline.
- Send someone to go look (30-45 minutes). If there was room, we could have someone bring the product on another truck (60 more minutes). We could start calling people to ask for help unloading the products (1-2 hours).
- Or, we could just drive the truck there now and hope that it works (it did!)
Caution: I’m not suggesting that we assume every task will work. I am suggesting that we sabotage ourselves when we assume it won’t.
Thanks for listening.