What Are Your Expectations?

Ever listened to a podcast?  I’ve known about them for a while, but never thought to give them a try.  Then technology made it easier for me to do so by allowing the pairing of my phone with my car stereo.  That, coupled with the annoying amount of advertising played on local radio forced me to explore other auditory entertainment.  I tried podcasts, and have stumbled upon a few that are most entertaining.

One in particular is called Invisibilia.  This podcast’s aim is to

Explore the tangible forces that shape human behavior – things like ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions.

I’ve been enamored with their content, and a recent episode got me thinking about how we set ourselves up for success (or failure) just by what we expect of ourselves.

The Blind Leading the Blind

Invisibilia introduced me to a man named Daniel Kish.  This man lost his sight at a young age, but that hasn’t stopped him from leading a life that isn’t all that different from people who have their sight.  Daniel’s mother decided that rather than try and “protect” him because he is blind, she’d let him carry on as would the mother of a seeing child.  Daniel played outside, climbed trees, walked himself to school, made his own lunches, and taught himself to ride a bicycle.

Daniel is capable of all this because he developed his other senses (namely hearing) to make up for his lack of eyesight.  He uses his tongue to click and is able to map his surroundings via sonar, much like bats do.  To me it sounds as though the only difference in Daniel’s vision and mine is the distance at which we can see objects (his being more up close).

Daniel now runs a non-profit to help other blind people see as he does, and develop their latent strengths.

A Different Way of Seeing

Obviously there were challenges.  Daniel’s mother loved him, and I can’t imagine how much fear she had that he would be injured because of his blindness.  He did injure himself learning (minor incidence) how to adapt and use his other senses, but without her overcoming that fear he would not be where he is today.  

We EXPECT that someone without sight will need our help.  Because of that expectation, we provide them with everything that they need.  Daniel argues that we provide people without sight too much assistance.  So much that they never develop their other senses to become as functional as you or I.  That is a very powerful thought.


Mother nature loves to build redundant systems.  That redundancy has allowed people like Daniel to operate in the same world we live in much in the same way that we do.  His mother didn’t change her expectations of him even though he has a perceived disability.  Rather, she held the same expectation for Daniel as someone with sight and he adapted.

Expectations Are Powerful

Expectations then must be powerful, and we must be mindful of their power.  If we can expect a blind person to see and then they do, what does that mean?

To me it means that if I work hard at what I want (health and fitness, career, family, etc…) but I expect that I won’t get where I want to be, I won’t get there.  Perhaps my expectations should precede my action?

What are your expectations when you come to CPM?  For the day, the month, the quarter, or the year?  Are your expectations that you will produce a desired change in your body and your health?  Examine these expectations carefully, because if expectations helped Daniel to see they can surely help you!

Stet’s Strategy

Tomorrow’s workout is a skill builder.  Designed to work some body weight movements which are by no means easy ones.  Expect these movements to be difficult due to their level of skill and strength, but do not be frustrated!  We have excellent scales worked out so that everyone will be challenged.

Wondering where they heart rate spiking part is…..it’s in the OGW 🙂  We’ll see you tomorrow.

The Oboard Says…

7 min EMOTM
5 pistols each leg
10 HS Shoulder/Hip Touch

rest 1 min

7 min EMOTM
2 wall walk / inch worm
6 Deck Squats

Posted by: Stets