What is it about Expecting Both the Least and the Most from Myself?

It’s not expecting the least and the most from ourselves that’s the trouble. It’s the expectation itself.

Murray "MJ" Blehart
7 min readJun 22, 2022

It’s not expecting the least and the most from ourselves that’s the trouble. It’s the expectation itself.
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Our harshest critics tend to be ourselves.

We set the highest bars, frequently judge on shifting expectations, and give the harshest criticism to ourselves. I don’t know about you, but often, I would not accept the kinds of things I think and say to myself were they to come from someone else.

And yet — I know I’m not alone in this. I expect the most from myself.

But for every yin, there’s a yang. And on that scale, I often expect the least from myself, too.

That means that I often think I’m not worthy nor deserving of X, Y, or Z. How can I get that thing when I’m pretty sure I don’t deserve it?

This has been one of the ongoing challenges of the path I have chosen for my life. Reconciling it is an ongoing process.

To begin, we need to recognize and acknowledge it.

What are we recognizing and acknowledging here?

My current path in life is all about building my brand. That’s got several layers to it.

I am a storyteller. The stories that I tell are intended to both educate and entertain. Enlighten and delight. Awaken creativity and imagination, and encourage greater self-awareness, mindfulness, and active choices.

In my role as a storyteller, I have 3 distinct approaches.

  1. I’m an author. I write sci-fi and fantasy novels. I blog about mindfulness, self-awareness, conscious reality creation, and life lessons to encourage people to choose their paths in life.
  2. Since 2018, I have been a podcaster. This ties directly into my blogs and sharing how people can use self-awareness to choose their paths in life.
  3. I’m putting together a speaking plan. It might also tie into online courses people can take to improve their lives via my Pathwalking philosophy/ideology/life strategy.

The first two of the above 3 have been underway for some time. Part of building the third…

Murray "MJ" Blehart

I explore mindfulness, positivity, philosophy, & conscious reality creation. I love to help & inspire. And I also write sci-fi/fantasy. http://www.mjblehart.com