Benefits of Anticipation

Do you remember the anticipation you felt the night before Christmas imagining all the gifts you might receive? Perhaps you made a list and gave to your parents in hopes of getting at least two or three things you were wishing for. The anticipation was so great you could hardly sleep and your dreams were even filled with the imaginings of the next day. Or maybe you were so excited the day before a big job interview because it was a position you knew you could do and was one you had been hoping and praying for a few years. Or maybe anticipation was the day before a long, overdue tropical vacation in which you had mapped out all the sights you were planning to visit and all the local foods you were going to eat. 

Anticipation and expectation are beneficial for our forward movement. They provide hope which allows us to keep going. It helps us push past discouragement and disappointments because we have something beautiful to look forward to. I encourage you to take a moment and identify something you are looking forward to. Maybe it’s the accomplishment of a goal or an upcoming trip or a new project at work or the arrival of a baby or grandchild. Whatever that special thing is for you, meditate on that. Keep looking ahead with hope to the future. Your future is big and bright and even if you’re in the middle of discouragement or a mess right now, it’s all working for your good. 

Keep anticipating your “next” and be ready when the moment happens. 

 ~Coletta Jones Patterson

Coletta is an author, speaker, life coach and business executive who is passionate about helping others get unstuck. She hosts a beyond stuck podcast and has written seven inspirational books. Connect with Coletta at 

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