What is the theory behind the worksheet?
The current worksheet is based on the Expectancy Theory of Motivation, which explains how people expect maximum satisfaction and minimum dissatisfaction from an event, thing, or person (Kaplan et al., 2005).
How will the worksheet help?
This worksheet will be used by practitioners to help clients increase awareness of their expectations.
How to use the worksheet?
Self-expectations are beliefs and approaches we put on ourselves that can be realistic or unrealistic, healthy or harmful. If the expectations correspond to the present circumstances, they are the foundation of dreams and future possibilities.
Aiming to achieve success, health, or progress, people need to set strong, positive expectations, to avoid unfavorable outcomes (such as disappointment or depression).
Creating a personal mission is the first step to attaining healthy self-expectations. Answer the following questions as specifically as you can and find out what is your personal mission.
You can download this worksheet here.
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Kaplan, D. S., Liu, R. X., & Kaplan, H. B. (2005). School related stress in early adolescence and academic performance three years later: the conditional influence of self-expectations. Social Psychology of Education, 8, 3-17.