A word with considerable depth, all related to our perception of a situation, an outcome and ultimately our response. The sheer thought of wondering what’s to come, predicting a result and evaluating our response
are reasons why the feeling of anticipation is so impactful.
It’s pretty clear why we have depth with anticipation, as it all starts at an early age. Christmas morning, Easter Sunday, birthday parties, seeing Grandma and Grandpa and a long list of other events and moments locked in our memories that
create the feeling of anticipation.
The less positive side of anticipation does not develop until later in life when we begin to include expectations, hopes and goals. If every moment in our life ended positively since birth and if we never had expectations that were not
met, the feeling of anticipation would never challenge us.
So how do we take anticipation and use it’s power for positive outcomes? I cannot anticipate how my first trip to Alaska will go nor can I expect to shoot a massive Brown Bear at 10 yards with my bow. What I can anticipate is some of the
most amazing sights, sounds and experiences I have ever had in the outdoors. The rest is purely extra. I am going on the hunt to kill, no question. Yet, I am realistic that the trip will be a success regardless of outcome. I’m using my anticipation as a positive.
Take every situation where you feel a high level of anticipation and give thought to the highest probable positive outcome. Embrace those thoughts and keep an open mind to all the various other possibilities. We cannot change the feeling
of frustration or disappointment with a negative result but we can affect our RESPONSE. That is the goal for today.
Anticipate and respond