32 Quotes on Holding Positive Expectations

The following quotes are all about the benefits of having positive expectations. And, it’s more than just ‘thinking more positive‘.

What are positive expectations?

An expectation, by definition, is a ‘strong belief that something will occur’. A positive expectation, therefore, is holding a strong belief that something will work out, a good result will occur, or any other form of positive outcome. It’s hoping for and expecting the best.

What is the effect of expectations?

The effects of expectations are that it can influence one’s mood and thoughts, and therefore their actions and results. Expecting something to be terrible or boring? Well, guess what – it usually is!

Positive expectations on the other hand, have been shown to lead to greater happiness, success, improved relationships, increased creativity and productivity as well as an improved immune system.

Of course, sometimes we can get disappointed when things don’t match our expectations, but why be Eeyore and go around expecting the worst to happen? The alternative is hoping for the best!

Positive Expectations Quotes

Whilst becoming a more positive person doesn’t just happen overnight, it can be incredibly useful to consume positive content and be mindful about what thoughts and beliefs we currently hold.

Just one way to start shifting the mindset is by reading quotes about positive expectations – quotes that inspire us to expect the very best in life, rather than the doom and gloom:


“Don’t think small and expect to have a big life.” Marianne Williamson


“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” Willie Nelson


“Become aware of your negative expectations and practice replacing them with positive expectations.” Debbie Ford


“If you think you can’t, you’re right.” Carol Bartz


“Life… It tends to respond to our outlook, to shape itself to meet our expectations.” Richard M. DeVos


“In order to carry a positive action, we must develop here a positive vision.” Dalai Lama


“Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts inevitably bring about right results.” James Allen


“We tend to live up to our expectations.” Earl Nightingale


“There is abundant reason to believe that optimism – big, little, and in between – is useful to a person because positive expectations can be self-fulfilling.” Christopher Peterson


“Don’t lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations. Expect the best of yourself, and then do what is necessary to make it a reality.” Ralph Marston


“If you intend to be of assistance, your eye is not upon the trouble but upon the assistance, and that is quite different. When you are looking for a solution, you are feeling positive emotion, but when you are looking at a problem, you are feeling negative emotion.” Esther Hicks


“Whatever happens in the world is real, what one thinks should have happened is projection. We suffer more from our fictitious illusion and expectations of reality.” Jacque Fresco


“Winners make a habit of manufacturing their own positive expectations in advance of the event.” Brian Tracy


“If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal.” Norman Vincent Peale


“We can each define ambition and progress for ourselves. The goal is to work toward a world where expectations are not set by the stereotypes that hold us back, but by our personal passion, talents and interests.” Sheryl Sandberg


“If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.” Michael Jordan


“The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.” Confucius


“A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations.” Patricia Neal


“Make each day count by setting specific goals to succeed, then putting forth every effort to exceed your own expectations.” Les Brown


“You’ll never find rainbows, if you’re looking down….” Charlie Chaplin


“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” Leo Buscaglia


“High expectations are the key to everything.” Sam Walton


“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” Walt Whitman


“Have an attitude of positive expectation.” Germany Kent


“I’ve always had high expectations of myself. I’ve never felt that there was anything I couldn’t do in this world.” Dak Prescott


“Let your dreams outgrow the shoes of your expectations.” Ryunosuke Satoro


“The person who dumps garbage into your mind will do you considerably more harm than the person who dumps garbage on your floor, because each load of mind garbage negatively impacts your possibilities and lowers your expectations.” Zig Ziglar


“Other people may not have had high expectations for me… but I had high expectations for myself.” Shannon Miller


“You are a success when you have made friends with your past, are focused on the present, and are optimistic about your future.” Zig Ziglar


“Expectations are a form of first-class truth: If people believe it, it’s true.” Bill Gates


“An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality.” Brian Tracy


“Optimists and pessimists die the exact same death, but they live very different lives!” Shimon Peres


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