(or, Re-expecting After the Fact)
Countless times we have probably seen it: a person or organization declares intent and expectations, actually receives results far and wide of the mark, and promptly sets to the task of justifying the results they actually got against the expectations they had.
- Sometimes (although more often than we care to admit), this justification takes the form of blame or excuses: “he didn’t do…” or “I wasn’t given the…”
- Sometimes, the results received were actually equally or more valuable than the expected results.
Nevertheless, a lot of times this re-definition happens because we desperately want not to fail, and not to have failed.
However, this prevents us from learning some key things from the experience:
- Perhaps our expectations were out of whack to begin with.
- Perhaps we misjudged the appeal / marketability / buy-in of our product or service.
- Perhaps we measured the wrong things.
For growth to happen, we have to be intentional when we move the goalposts on ourselves like this: sometimes it may be appropriate, but we have to make sure we are clear that we are doing it – otherwise we will find ourselves stuck and unable to figure out why.
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