The Law of Expectancy

The Law of Expectancy

The law of expectancy means whatever you expect will come to pass in your life. If you have high expectations, you will seek ways to fulfill those expectations. On the other hand, if you have low expectations, you will also seek ways to fulfill those expectations.

An example of the law of expectancy is one African-American child I met while substitute teaching. He got into lots of trouble and rarely completed his work. It looked like his every move was scrutinized and he was lost. I had a chance to ask him a simple question: what’s wrong? When he realized he could talk openly he gave me a shocking answer: no one thinks I can do anything! Here is a second grader affected by the law of expectancy. He felt his classmates and teacher thought he was dumb so he lived down to their expectations.

Later on that day, the class had an assignment. I made it my business to help this boy to finish it. It was difficult because he wanted to give up often. I told him to keep trying because I knew he could finish the work. Slowly, he wrote answers until he finished. I told him to go and show his teacher. When he did, I learned something else. Based on her reaction, there was validity to his opinion because the teacher was surprised that he was able to finish!

We can learn a valuable lesson from this simple story. We must expect to be successful in advance so we can be successful when we try later. A good way to raise expectations is to tell ourselves we can do better, and then reward ourselves when we do. We will be more likely to try harder and do better regardless of any obstacles in our way.

The law of expectancy works; if you expect success, you will achieve success.


Excerpt taken from the book Wake Up: 42 Ways to Improve Black America Now written by Gary A. McAbee


About motivationfortheworld

Gary A. McAbee created Motivation for the World as the platform for his motivational speaking, writing, and blogging. The mission of Motivation for the World is to create a vast network of like-minded, service-oriented individuals who join together and work toward having a positive impact in our neighborhoods, communities, and society. He is the proud author of two self-help books: Wake Up! 42 Ways to Improve Black America Now! and Rise Up! 42 Additional Ways to Improve Black America Now!
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