The universe has a funny way of delivering to you what you expect. If you think people will treat you poorly, they will. If you imagine that you will succeed, opportunities that lead toward success will materialize.
"The Law of Attraction" has become the term used by many to describe this phenomenon. Most associate The Law of Attraction with the saying, "like attracts like": that a person's thoughts (conscious and unconscious), emotions, beliefs and actions attract corresponding positive or negative experiences. I believe that if you have high expectations for yourself and others, that all will perform at a higher level. Mystical law or simple math I am not sure.
The phrase is closely associated with "New Age" beliefs and practices, and has gained widespread notoriety in the recently popular book and film "The Secret".
The Law of Attraction has been criticized for the misuse of the scientific term "law". I am not suggesting that if you think about a BMW one will magically appear in your driveway, but there does seem to be a correlation between positive thoughts and positive actions.
When you interact with other people in the business community, what do you expect? Do you instantly like most people and expect them to become your friend? Or are you guarded and wonder how they will try to take advantage of you? Your thoughts about how you judge others will impact the relationship that you will build with them.
If you have high expectations for your employees, co-workers, bosses, clients, and others....and let them know that you expect greatness from them, you will find they will usually rise to meet those goals. People want to excel and impress those around them, and will try hard (consciously or subconsciously) to live up to your impressions of their abilities.
The same is true for yourself. Do you expect to achieve more in life than you have before? I do. I know in my heart that I will sell more books and give more professional speeches year over year, and that my message will impact others. I also know that I am going to help my employer reach new heights. I have high expectations of what I will deliver to the world over the long run. You should too.
I love the expression: "If you think you can or think you can't....You are right". That says it all. Believe in yourself and set high expectations.
Have A Great Day.