We were feeling a bit sassy when we wrote this (well, OK, it was just Rachel … Kristen had nothing to do with it). Sometimes, you’ve just got to tell it like it is!

{And P.S. Today is the last day to be one of the 50 new PPSC-ers … there’s a section toward the end if you didn’t know.}

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“Gee, I hope things get better.” “I hope she likes me.” “I hope anyone reads this blog.” Hope is the equivalent of wishful thinking. It’s … safe. Because when you’re just hoping, you get to want something without having to do much in order to get it.

But what if you expected instead of hoped?

“I expect this to work out.” “I expect her to treat me well.” “I expect people to enjoy what I have to say.” You’re not pinning your success on some distant wish; you’re actively anticipating that you will get exactly what you want.

And when you expect certain results, your action shifts subtlety but dramatically.

Someone who hopes they’ll be treated well isn’t treated the same as someone who expects to be treated well. Someone who hopes things will improve gets different results than someone who expects things to improve.

Expectation demands that you become confident. When you expect, you must rise to the occasion … you become empowered, and take action accordingly. When you merely hope, you leave the power in someone else’s hands.

twitter-birdExpectation is far more powerful than hope. #ClarityGems

How is this #ClarityGem sitting with you today? Tag us @ClarityonFire on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, or leave us a comment on the blog to let us know!


If you’d like to move from hoping to figure out your passion to expecting to figure it out, then you’re the perfect person to join us in the Passion Profile Short Course.

In case you didn’t hear on Tuesday, we’re giving a $50 discount code to the first 50 people who are eager to jump in to the PPSC … where you’ll immediately get clear on how to find the intersection between your career and passion.

We’re a handful of people away from reaching 50, and we’ll be shutting this discount code down tonight.

Want to know a bit more? Read what we sent on Tuesday.

Want to be one of the 50? Cool! Here are the codes you can use:

Use the code PPSC1 for $50 off the one-payment option.

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Use the code PPSC2 for $50 off the two-payment option.

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Sometimes it’s just better to avoid long blog posts and cut straight to the point!

Think of #ClarityGems as your weekly shake of the good ‘ole Magic 8 Ball … you never know what might bubble up and how it might be exactly what you need to hear today.

And instead of just a beautiful, inspirational, and shareable image (which is a nice start), we’re giving you some quick thoughts about how to interpret it … because inspiration without action is pretty, but kind of anti-climatic.

Tweet it, share it on Instagram, or forward it along to someone who needs to hear it today … and tag us (@ClarityonFire) to let us know how this Gem is inspiring you!

Much Love,

Rachel + Kristen

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  1. I can absolutely relate to this; and in a very simple way. I recently applied for a job I knew I was very qualified for. I 100% *expected* to get an interview but only *hoped* to get the job. Those two perspectives dramatically shaped my attitude and even my physiological responses to the situation. When I got the call for the interview, I wasn’t surprised or nervous, because I had expected it to come. However, in the days before the interview, I was very nervous and anxious (I even had an upset stomach) because I could only hope to get the job. It’s bold to expect to get a job over other well-qualified candidates, but I can certainly see how even just telling myself that might have shaped my confidence going into the interview. In case you’re wondering, I’ve only been through one step of the interview process and I’m still waiting to hear about the next! But, after reading this post, I fully expect to hear back with good news soon!! Thanks, I love your blog!

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