If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome. (Michael Jordan, former professional athlete)

This is a lesson we all need to learn, and the earlier the better. Sometimes children struggle because their parents’ expectations of them are so high. Our own expectations, of course, can be a serious obstacle for our achievement. A realistic appraisal of our abilities and a careful evaluation of our expectations will help us accomplish our goals.

Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us (Romans 12:3).