One of the simplest truths came up again today when talking with a client: We teach people what to expect of us.
If you’re always willing to give, you teach people to expect that will always give. And then when you don’t… watch out! They get mad, and take offense.
Likewise, if you’re always taking, you teach people around you to expect that you won’t contribute, and eventually, they choose not to be around you.
Because nobody likes a one-way relationship. Right?
Expectations are the quicksand we were always told to fear in our youth. They catch us unaware and all too quickly snare us while slowly taking us under. And just like quicksand, we often need external assistance to help us get back on our feet.