Has anyone ever told you that you have unrealistic expectations? I’ve been told that by several
people. Some thought they were helping me, others were down right critical. Either way the
comment is the same and I choose to ignore it. WHY? Because the average person over the age
of 13 has very low expectations.
We’ve been told things like we’ll never do well at sports or athletics. We are told that we’re not
college or university material, so why try? Peers tell us that the girl or guy we’re interested in is out
or our league. We’re told to not take a risk or we’ll ‘loose the farm’. Don’t go for that challenging job
that pays better. In fact, better if you don’t do anything that may “rock the boat”, produce a little fear
and actually put some passion into your life.
Sure, it is easy and more comfortable, and you are less likely to be criticized if you take the low road
– it doesn’t offend anyone and having high expectations and missing the mark hurts. But – I would
rather aim high and miss, than aim low and hit any day!
Your expectations play a big role in the success of you care here. I am going to illustrate two
different people’s expectations, they are actually 2 real people and they both represent many
others. I will of course not use their real names.
To start with I will say that they both have have expectation and want to get better. How do I know
that? Because they both arrive consistently for their adjustments. What happens beyond showing
up is the difference in what they believe.
Nellie (negative Nellie) – says, “I’m not getting any better.” Why? I respond, “because, it’s not
going to get better.” In a simple statement Nellie reveals that she is not going to put a full effort into
her corrective exercises, or consider other types of exercise, consider good changes to her diet, do
anything different to reduce her stress and find more joy in life. She won’t do things to swing the
balance of healing in her favor because her expectation is what? She is not going to get better…

so why bother? If you aim low, you can’t get hurt, right? Wrong – some might even call her a “joy-
sucker-outer”. Her low expectations for herself takes away from her life (and the lives of everyone

around her) and the fruit she will receive is the same type as the seed she sows.
Shelley (on the other hand)– allows herself to believe and have high expectations. She is like
clockwork with her adjustments – on time, every time. She does her corrective exercises, she
engages with workout challenges so that she can improve her strength, agility, flexibility and
endurance. She looks for ways to improve her diet and makes changes, and very importantly she
has less stress – why? Because instead of worrying about the good things she should do, she just
does them. Why does Shelley do these things? It’s because she aims high and knows that even if
she isn’t perfect, she’ll be better off – she has high expectations.
So here is the GOOD NEWS: You can chose what type of patient you want to be here at New Life
and what type of person you will be outside of these walls. It is your choice, but I can tell you that
Shelley is much easier to help, gets much better results and is a blessing for us to serve.
Don’t be a Negative Nellie – set your expectations high, expect a great life, expect to have great
health, expect to have a great marriage, expect to have a tremendous family and great relationships
and even better yet, expect that God is with you.
God Bless,
Dr. Brad and the New Life Team

Dr. Brad Norman

Dr. Brad Norman

Dr. Brad Norman, D.C., is a seasoned chiropractic practitioner and the insightful voice behind New Life Chiropractor's blog. With a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Western University, Dr. Norman combines deep expertise with a passion for holistic wellness. Proudly serving the community since 2002, Dr. Norman and the New Life Chiropractic clinic continue to be beacons of health and education for their patients, guiding them to a more vibrant and pain-free life.