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This is a guide about how the law of expectations work in regards to your goals.

In this quick guide you’ll learn:

  • What the law of expectation is
  • How the four sources of expectations appear in your life
  • How to use the law of expectation
  • And more

So if you’re ready to go “all in” on learning about the law of expectations, this guide is for you.

Let’s dive right in.

Why The Law of Expectations Works?


The truth is that when you expect something, you will receive it.

This principle is a corollary to the broader phenomenon of attraction.

The expectation isn’t given nearly enough attention, and it’s a component that plays a vital role in the understanding manifestation and building a great life.

What are your goals for the future?

Are you enthusiastic about the future or apprehensive and afraid of what may come?

For most persons, the future is filled with too many uncertainties, overshadowing the beam of light representing their ultimate life goal.

The hardest thing in life is getting out of your current position and rising to the good level of living you want.

We all have an unconscious idea about ourselves and our own lives, and this expectation influences what we have in our lives and tells us what we are prepared to settle for.

The expectation is a powerful force, yet few individuals ever fully utilize it.

Why is that?

What Is the Law of Expectation?


Whatever you expect with absolute confidence will come to pass in your life.

When an idea becomes so tangible that you feel it even though you can’t grasp it yet, the expectation is reached.

The emotional state in which an idea becomes so real that you believe it even when you can’t hold it is the expectation.

It’s like a little invisible magnet that attracts what you anticipate into your life.

When you anticipate something, your mind and nervous system respond, allowing you to believe the unthinkable and accomplish the impossible.

The disabled beggar who visited the temple every day is mentioned in the Book of Acts, chapter 3, verses 1-10, according to the Law of Expectation.

He was only able to make money by being crippled.

When the three men approached, John and Peter could hear a confused person talking about something that had happened before.

When the man looked up at them, they saw his eyes were swollen shut.

The narrative becomes more intriguing

The man looked up at John and Peter, anticipating receiving a gift from them.

What the individual was searching for wasn’t recorded, and it simply states that he was in a state of expectancy of obtaining anything from Peter and John.

He was undoubtedly waiting for a payment from them. “I don’t have silver or gold,” said Peter, but what I do have is given to you; in Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk,” he told the guy before releasing him (Mark 10:46).

The man then got up and began to walk

As he went, he was asking God for his recovery. He had no idea what he would obtain, but he was hoping. The expectancy is defined as “a feeling that something will happen or be likely” by Merriam-Webster online.

So, the guy at the time believed something would happen. He had no idea what he was getting or what would happen, but he was confident that something transformative would occur.

The Law of Expectation influenced him

The phrase “self-fulfilling prophecy” stems from this concept, which stipulates that “what you expect, with confidence, becomes your self-fulfilling prophecy.” What you receive in life isn’t always what you want; instead, you desire it.

Consider for a second. Consider what you want from God and life in general. Are you hoping for good things to occur or bad?

The Law of Expectation is quite powerful, and it is one of the essential laws of faith. Expectations strongly influence your life, and they cause you to react as predicted by your preconceptions and circumstances.

Have you ever had a horrible incident happen in the morning? You vow, “It’s going to be one of those days.” What happens next? “Things occur,” and our day does not go according to plan.

But the day did follow the script.

We predicted in the morning that it would be one of those days.

Consider this: You’re carrying out the responsibilities of your prediction; you’re playing the part of your prophet, predicting how things will turn out.

They will happen if you anticipate them to.

The reverse is also true.

If you expect good things to occur in your life, they will.

The Law of Expectation is valid whether you have a positive or negative view of the world.

As we previously said, your worldview is built from your most firmly held convictions, which influence your perceptions and global perspective.

If you have a favorable view of humanity and the human condition (i.e., if you have a good attitude), you’ll expect good things to happen, and things will work out in your favor.

However, if you have an evil worldview, this is not always the situation.

You will expect unpleasant circumstances in life as well as poor outcomes.

All of it is directly connected to your firm convictions

Whether you’re discussing politics, business, law, education, God, or the Bible, your beliefs will have an impact on your expectations.

Those that are successful have a high self-expectancy. This optimism is the result of one’s faith.

  • They anticipate being successful, and they anticipate people to like them.
  • They expect to be happy.
  • The strange fact is that they are rarely disappointed.

Those who have not been able to accomplish theirs will have a pessimistic expectancy of cynicism and pessimism, which leads to outcomes playing out as they had anticipated.

The expectation is the law!

What are your objectives in the Christian life?

  • What do you want from God?
  • Are your expectations due to your theological convictions pushing you closer to faith or fear?
  • What are your assumptions as a result of your beliefs?
  • Your expectations will influence your reality.

The Law of Expectation will apply, whether pessimistic or optimistic, based on a good or wrong view of the world.

Four Sources of Expectations

Expectations come from four different places in your life. These sources underlie our expectations throughout our existence.

These assumptions are based on our firm opinions, and our beliefs stem from aspects of our life.

The good news, yet, is that we can establish new expectations.

These four sources do not have to be our permanent sources of expectations, and we may alter our attitudes and develop new expectations by changing our thoughts.

  1. We are trained to live up to or disappoint our parents’ expectations. What did your parents want from you as a kid? Was it suggested that you achieve success? Or were you reminded how difficult something was or how wonderful something could not happen? What did your parents’ ideas teach you about becoming a victim or a confident person? Those objectives were passed on to you unless you formed new and distinct views from your parents. What are the Heavenly Father’s goals for you? What does Word of God have to say about you? What are his expectations for your performance? You will follow the expectations set by your family.
  2. The second source is your employer’s expectations for your performance. Keep in mind that others’ expectations of you will be a factor. The critical question to ask is this: How firm are the preconceptions? Others in your life, particularly those who have greater power than you, will impact you. If you have permitted an individual to make judgments and issue commands, their expectations will significantly impact you than your own. Your employer’s expectations about your performance, however, will influence you. During one of my last job stints, my supervisor constantly stated that I was the weakest on the crew. As a result, my employer’s expectations were modest in my mind. My work performance reflected those standards. I didn’t perform poorly. But neither did I do as well as the rest of the team. I needed more training. Because my team was too busy, no further training was ever given to me. That lack of continued training helped contribute to my employment being terminated. As a result of your employer’s demands, your career may be jeopardized.
  3. The third source of your expectations comes from your family, partner, staff, and workers. The more essential you are in someone else’s life, the more seriously your expectations will be taken. Do you have optimistic or pessimistic expectations about others? So it’s critical to get back in touch with our deeply held ideas and perceptions once again. Is our worldview one of goodwill or malevolence? These components have an impact on the success of those around us.
  4. Your self-assessment is the fourth source of expectations. This is crucial. Many factors might influence your expectations for yourself. They could be a product of your parents’ aspirations for you. It’s also possible that your teachers or parents have influenced you. It might also be due to other individuals’ expectations, essential in your life. These will have an impact on how you view yourself. Your self-image serves as a thermostat for your self-esteem.

Expectations will significantly influence how highly or minimally you anticipate yourself to perform.

These expectations will lead you back to the origin of anxiety or faith, and those of any other person may balance your expectations.

It’s hard to go beyond your expectations, and your objectives should be in line with what you want to see happen.

Even more so, be sure that your expectations aren’t lower than God’s standards for you.

Whether you walk in fear or faith, your expectations will determine whether you do so from fear or faith.

Allow God to lead you from fear to faith using his guidance.

How To Use the Law of Expectation?


Developing a clear vision for your life is one of the most effective methods to cultivate the law of expectancy.

Many individuals never take the time to precisely describe what they want from their lives, even those who do pursue hope and pray.

Expectation, on the other hand, is a whole different ballgame

They have a rudimentary understanding of what they want but don’t believe they can obtain it, so they wait for something to happen and fall on their life path to fulfill their wishes. Expectation, on the other hand, is a distinct mindset.

It’s a state of complete confidence that you may intentionally cultivate. There some doubt in one mind about whether or not there will be the third result, even if you know there will be two.

When you anticipate something, you know it is going to occur

Your attention is entirely focused on a single outcome, and all you have to do is negate the lousy outcome to convert hope into an expectation.

You only see the success now instead of seeing something fail or succeed. Your activities, words, and imagination are all focused on and influenced by your desire for and the reality of having what you want.

When you anticipate something, you eliminate the worry of simply hoping. When a mother-to-be is expecting, we often term it as an expectation. In other words, she has no doubts whatsoever about what will occur.

She is confident she will have a kid and not something strange. She can sense the effect emotionally because she is expecting it, even though she cannot physically see or touch it yet.

You already know what you want for your life

Your mentality changes from doubt to confidence when you begin expecting what you truly desire for your life.

You are the one who owns your mind’s eye. You have complete control over what you see, praise, and enjoy in your mental picture (through your deliberate thoughts). Everything you say to yourself and others is based solely on your serious outcomes.

The majority of individuals anticipate the worst and anticipate the best. Our societal indoctrination has taught us to say things like “don’t get your hopes up,” just in case you’re let down. We’ve been trained to shoot as low as feasible.

Everything above that will be a bonus

That’s incorrect!

Remember what the law of expectancy says: whatever you expect with complete confidence is precisely what you will get in life.

You must break away from the masses’ autopilot mode and adopt a more active lifestyle. A life where you are not completely happy but are not unhappy enough to act on it is what most people settle for. If one wants want to lift your life and quality of life above it, you must first raise your expectations.

Raise your expectations of who you are as a person and what you believe you deserve.

See, your expectations determine what you want. You raise your standards when you set higher expectations for yourself.

It’s the first step toward bettering your life to raise your aspirations to a higher level.

Your Expectations: The Great Thermostat

When you expect the greatest, you will receive only the finest.

  • What you earn now is what you anticipate earning in the future.
  • The amount of leisure time you have right now is equivalent to what you anticipated having as free time.
  • Your connections are how they should be.
  • Expectations are a thermometer that controls your comfort zone, and it will either elevate or drag you down to the degree of expectation you have.

Expecting the best is not like expecting something wonderful or comparable; it’s simply the finest and only the greatest.

You must stop settling for less than you are capable of or having

On a fundamental psychological level, this is what builds your expectations, which is why a lifetime of settling for less than you could be happy with results in the creation of an expectation that is “only okay.”

It becomes the standard against which you compare yourself. Consider yourself to be a pregnant mother who only wants the best for her kid and is thus able to “live” the result in incredible detail until she holds her “expectation.”

You must nurture and care for your desires, and you can only accomplish this by being unreasonable with your expectations.

Expectations are founded on rock-solid ideas.

They are unshakable, unlike happy wishes, which will be washed away with the first storm that passes by.

How to Use The Law of Expectation in Life

There are no specific talents or expertise needed to raise your expectations.

  • All you have to do conclude that you will never accept anything less than you can achieve from now on.
  • The capacity to concentrate your attention on one thing at a time, in isolation from the rest of your life, is an enormous advantage.
  • The distinction between hoping for something with uncertainty and depending on something with faith is how you focus and direct your mind.

Also, what you say to yourself, the images you imagine, and your actions are under your conscious control and direction.

You may only do so if you want to.

If not, you will revert to the majority’s autopilot, going with the flow of “whatever” comes along.

The cultural autopilot is the dynamic default. You can only live life according to your standards and establish the expectations that will lead you to a life of plenty and fulfillment by being consciously aware and regularly nourishing your desires and emotions.

Great Expectations…

Great expectations lead to positive results.

When you expect the best, it becomes a guiding force that will take you searching for and finding what you want.

The difference between solid expectations and faint hopes is merely a mentality that can make the difference between living a life of satisfaction and one of despair. Make genuine decisions to establish the anticipation.

Never go for less than the very best performance or accomplishments.


The law of expectations is the psychological principle that states people’s beliefs about what to expect from a situation heavily influence their actions and emotions.

In other words, if you want someone to do something, tell them what you expect from them.

We’ve seen this law in action throughout our lives – when our parents set high expectations for us as children, we were more likely to achieve great things.

When our teachers had faith in us, we did better in school.

This same idea can be used to your business dealings as well.

If you let your customers know what you expect from them (customer service interactions, product purchases, etc.), they are much more likely to meet those expectations.

petri maatta, CEO
Petri Maatta

Petri Maatta is a photographer, filmmaker, and webdesigner who has been working for over 20 years in the creative industry. Fascinated by manifesting for business reasons, Petri was determined to find out what it took to create success. He started his career with seven years of business failures before he found success by learning about manifesting from a mentor with a Fortune 500 company. Today Petri shares his knowledge through DreamMaker courses designed to help people change their businesses and lives while living on their terms.

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