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146 we discover new ways of being.
147 We discover inner strength and abilities.
148 We learn to expect bigger and better things from ourselves.
149 Expectation is another very powerful determiner of events.
150 I’d like to share a story with you about a young man who took the scholastic aptitude test,
151 the SAT,
152 as part of the college entrance procedures.
153 When he received his test scores back, he saw the number 98 on the paper.
154 Well, he was quite distressed and concerned about his ability to succeed in college with an IQ as low as 98.
155 But he did go to college.
156 His first term he received Ds and Fs.
157 His second term was no better,
158 and the dean called him in for a conference.
159 The dean warned him that, if his performance continued at this poor level,
160 he would be asked to leave the school.
161 “Well, whaddo you expect?” replied the young man.
162 “I only have an IQ of 98.”
163 The dean took out the file and explained to the young man,
164 “You don’t have an IQ of 98.
165 You scored in the 98th percentile.
166 That means that your score was equal to or better than 98% of the students in all of North America.”
167 Well, the next term, that student pulled a 4.0 grade point average.
168 The only thing that had changed were his expectations.
169 Another example of how powerful expectations are in determining events
170 was shown in a research project conducted in San Francisco.
171 Three teachers had been brought into the principal’s office and told,
172 “You three teachers are the best teachers in this whole school.
173 We have decided to reward your performance by giving you each thirty of the best students.”
174 These teachers were asked,
175 “Don’t tell any of the students or the parents about this.”
176 At the end of the year, it was found that these students tested significantly higher than all of the students,
177 not only in the school
178 but in the entire district.
179 The teachers were brought in again.
180 They were informed that this had been an experiment
181 and that the students had actually been selected at random.
182 Well, the teachers were amazed,
183 and they could explain the high scores only by the fact that, they were, after all, the best teachers.
184 Well, then the researchers informed them,
185 “Actually, we put all the teachers names in a hat
186 and yours were the three that were pulled.
187 This was a double blind study
188 with the only factor not being controlled for being expectation.
189 In summary, if we learn to live with fear as an ally,
190 which navigates our path in the direction of growth,
191 use our minds and strength of spirit to expand our personal comfort zone,
192 and learn to expect bigger and better things of ourselves,
193 we will enhance our ability to live more fully with a constant focus on our beautiful cathedrals.
194 I’d like to leave you with a poem that says,
195 “Come to the edge, he said,
196 No, they replied, we will fall.
197 Come to the edge, he said.
198 No, we will fall.
199 Come to the edge.
200 They went to the edge.
201 He pushed them, and they . . . flew.
202 I wish you all a good flight.
203 Thank you.
Note. Transcription was made from the spoken text recorded on Living Fully: With Interpreting Models, 1994, Salem, OR: Sign Enhancers, Inc. Copyright 1994 by Sign Enhancers, Inc. Used with permission.