Try It: Relish the Possibilities

It's one thing to say you'll change your expectations. It's another thing to actually do it. We often fall into the same pattern time and again. We can't help ourselves.​

Consider a situation in your life that worries you. Maybe you are in an argument with a family member, or maybe you're seeking a promotion, or trying to sell your house.​

It's likely you have in mind a specific outcome for your problem—a way you hope things will turn out. Everyone does this. But, as we just learned, being tied to exact details sets you up for potential disappointment.

How do you alter your expectations so that you focus less on the outcome? To help you answer this question, click here to print the "Detach from Outcomes" worksheet, ​and fill it out. By completing this quick exercise, which I call purposeful reflection, you'll realize that each situation can take many paths, and each path has its own unique outcome that you are capable of managing.

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