Having certain expectations can get the best of us.
If curiosity killed the cat, expectations stressed the athlete...and I mean REALLY stressed the athlete.
There is a big difference between goals and expectations.
Goals are aspirational.
Expectations are what we internalize and believe we should achieve. When we don't achieve our expectations we may be brutal on ourselves for falling short.
Athletes often have ambitious goals and unrealistic expectations. It's important to have goals. It's counter productive to have unrealistic expectations. Unrealistic expectations often lead to disappointment, anger and frustration that can derail performance.
How do you know if you have unrealistic expectations?
List your expectations. Be honest and really list them. Then do a google search to see who has actually accomplished your expectations on a consistent basis.
There are examples of some of the expectations athletes have shared with me.