How to set expectations

“Higher expectations from others usually push them to increase their performance”

You always perform the best when the others show trust and confidence in you. You often take special pains to meet others high expectations (well communicated) from you. The rule works wonders. Today I am sharing another story about TRUST with you. On the basis of this, there have been many experiments conducted to see the actual results. You too may try this.

Once there was a sculptor named Pygmalion in Cyprus. He was very rich but had no companion. Due to his ugly breakups with women. He hated all women but always wished God for a perfect woman of his dreams. Who he would love for eternity.

One day, he decided to create a statue of a woman he wish for himself. He started carving the sculpture in Ivory. It had beautiful almond shaped eyes and a rich smile on an oval face. Its body looked sylphlike. And when the sculpture got complete it looked like a real woman, you could only realise that it’s a sculpture if you would touch and feel the coldness of the ivory.

Pygmalion fell in love with this sculpture and started to pretend himself as its husband. He even bought rings studded with precious stones for its hands and silk clothes to clad the body. He fell so much in love with that sculpture that he will talk to it for hours. People of his community have now started to call him a crazy man. But he just didn’t care.And he was happy in his own world.

Then came, “Aphrodisia” the day of goddess Aphrodite (Greek Goddess of love, beauty and procreation). Everybody was celebrating the festival and praying to goddess. Pygmalion also wished from the goddess to give him a wife like his sculpture. The goddess heard and accepted his prayers and by seeing his expectations & trust in the prayers, she couldn’t find any one like the statue, but ultimately had to infuse life in that sculpture only.

When Pygmalion got back home that night, he kissed the statue before sleeping. It was his daily ritual by now. But you know to his surprise, the statue came to life and it brought tears to Pygmalion’s eyes. He thanked goddess for the desired life partner and they lived happily ever after. He got better than what he expected.


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