1. Expect to be wrong. It is great to have a worse and best case scenario going in your brain for any event or venture. The pain of shattered expectations can be absolutely devastating but we set ourselves up for this sorrow (and often blame everyone else). This expands your expectations beyond narrow-mindedness to where your heart and mind are as fully prepared as possible for any outcome.
2. Expect for it to take longer and cost more. This simple leadership practice is elementary for business and construction leaders but us everyday folk often miss great basics like this. Shave your budget multiple times. Recalculate the travel time over again. Inform the troops that we have to stay flexible. Be a penny and minute counter. Always pressing for efficiency and great work ethic.
3. Expect to learn. Why are Edison, Einstein, and Jordan known for their success? Because they refused to fail. They each had unstoppable determination and a willingness to learn. Colin Powell said, "There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure." Failure doesn't sting as bad when you realize how much you can learn from it.