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The Power of Expectation: How Hard it Has to Be... or Not!


Our perceptions are never truly objective, for perception is a result of all of the decisions we've made about our world since our earliest memories.

When our thoughts give rise to an emotion, based on a perception and a decision about an experience, we radiate an energy created from the attitude we've held in the past, and probably nursed, cursed and rehearsed ever since.

On the one side of the coin we may see some people as oppositional, untrustworthy or harmful. On the other side we can see others as safe, loving and nurturing.

How we perceive differences in people, and what we think about them, is how we label them and this is what generates an expectation, i.e., an attitude radiating energy, which can then virtually influence the outcome.

Michael Talbot, author of The Holographic Universe, explains that numerous studies conducted around the world have shown that imagery - what we visualize and believe in - is what we get; it also has an enormous effect on physical and athletic performance.

Psychologist Shlomo Breznitz at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, conducted an experiment in which they had several groups of Israeli soldiers march forty kilometers (about twenty-five miles), but gave each group different information. He had some groups march thirty kilometers, and then told them they had another ten to go. He told others they were going to march sixty kilometers, but in reality only marched them forty. He allowed some to see distance markers, and provided no clues to others as to how far they had walked.

At the end of the study Breznitz found that the stress hormone levels in the soldiers' blood always reflected their estimates and not the actual distance they had marched. In other words, their bodies responded not to reality, but to what they were imagining as reality.

What we think - expect - about certain situations and the individuals involved has a profound effect on the outcome for ourselves, as well as for others. How we react physiologically is translated directly to the other person based on our expectation of them. People who are energy-drained and irritable with others,hold certain fear based expectations.

Until a person can open his or her mind to new perceptions and expectations, productivity and behavioral issues will not abate. Communication will remain a burden, not a JOY to be enjoyed as the most meaningful and rewarding of human endeavors.

Excerpt from The Power of Compassion: 7 Ways You Can Make A Difference
By Mary Robinson Reynolds
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Mary ReynoldsMary Robinson Reynolds, M.S., Educational Psychologist, Author and Producer of the world renowned Internet videos, and - both amassing over 10 million views within a few short months of their releases - spent many years as a classroom teacher K-8 and then as a counselor K-12. She parlayed her phenomenal success with youth at-risk into her programs for business leaders, entrepreneurs and managers on how to be energetically effective in leading improvement in their organizations through the power of Team Synergy and MasterMinding. She has written eight books, developed UTrain&Coach programs that anyone can take into their place of work to build organization wide Team Synergy, and has presented to over 20,000 people in two year period in every major city in the U.S. To learn more go to:

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