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Neal Halfon, lead researcher in a 2001 study conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles, in which 6,600 children and their parents were studied for many years, found that children rise to the level of the expectations set by their parents.

You expectations, therefore, are critical to your success in life.

If you are not satisfied with your life, you need to evaluate your internal “expectations” programming.

Those with high expectations, rise to the level of those expectations.

If your expectations are too low, success will be impossible for you. If you set the bar too low in life, you will only rise to that low level and stay there your entire life.

What are your expectations? In order to reinvent yourself, the starting point is becoming aware of your current expectations and then replacing those expectations with ones that force you to stretch, grow, improve and achieve by some certain date. 

“I expect to become a successful __________________ in ______ years.”

“I expect to make $____________ a year.”

“I expect to have $____________ in the bank in ______ years.”

“I expect to weight __________ pounds by __________.”

“I expect to complete my first half marathons by __________.”

“I expect to write my first book by __________.”

“I expect to start my own business by __________.”

“I expect to accumulate my first million by __________.”

When you set the bar high, you may not always achieve what you desire, but you will push yourself to a higher level. Expect more of yourself. We all have the capacity to achieve great things.

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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley is a bestselling author, speaker, and media contributor for Business Insider, CNBC and a few other national media outlets.

His Rich Habits research has been read, viewed or heard by over 50 million people in 25 countries around the world.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, holds a master’s degree in taxation and is President of Cerefice and Company, a CPA firm in New Jersey.
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