ex·pec·ta·tion - (ekspekˈtāSH(ə)n/)
1. a strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future.
2. a belief that someone will or should achieve something.
3. one's prospects of inheritance.
4. Mathematics—another term for expected value (a predicted value of a variable, calculated as the sum of all possible values each multiplied by the probability of its occurrence.)
We deal with expectations every day.
We expect to wake every morning, tackle our to-do lists, get our kids to school, go to our jobs, deal with co-workers and managers, execute our plans, make progress on our projects, etc.
We also deal with unexpected things—circumstances that appear in the form of unexpected surprises; you find money in the laundry, you finally land that account with a certain client, a friend or family member announces they are getting married or are having a baby, you land that new job and have to relocate to a new...