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Resolve vs. Expectation

“Resolve” (noun) – firm determination to do something.

To have Resolve is to do something with determination. There also needs to be a plan or an expected and wanted outcome of what it is you want “to do”.

Without an expected outcome for what it is you intend to do; based on a plan or lack thereof, there can be Resolve, but outcome will definitely vary.

With an expected outcome, without a plan; the outcome will definitely vary, again even with various levels of Resolve.

With a Plan, no matter how well researched and assembled for the audience for which it is intended, the response to it will vary and expectations can be and most likely be higher than the resultant response.

The combination of Resolve, research and method of communicating the information for which you ever decide to present will always have varying responses. Your expectations must always be such that you are never surprised. There will always be an audience to which the level of understanding is mixed, where some are not informed well enough to discern their implications, or mature enough to have the experience or educational capacity to make the connections. There are also audiences which will hear only on what they want to hear and with their known or unknown biases for or against the topic at hand, which will build a barrier against your Resolve and diminishing your outcome, expected or unexpectedly.

So what!

For many of us, it is difficult to have Resolve in the first place. There are so many creatures which obstruct our Resolve, from self-confidence, thoughts of negative response, childhood upbringing, what is true and what is false, who will we offend, and the list can go on, leaving us frozen to do nearly nothing worthwhile and barely taking care of our self. And if we can’t take care of our self, which in of itself, becomes another creature of its own, and now were in a vicious circle.

Resolve by itself, is not enough, unless the Determination includes these below prior to doing something:

  1. Research; not only those which agree with you (to know who will be your target audience, as you’re not always trying to convince those whom agree with you).
  2. More research
  3. Know your dissenters and why they believe differently! You will need to know what to expect and be able to speak to those specific items with care and concern, as it should be your concern as well.
  4. Never disregard anyone’s view/opinion, as those are opportunities to understand them, and increase your own ability to connect with them, or use your experiences to do so.

The outcome will be based on your overall Resolve which includes your Determination and preparation, in addition to ability to convey your message to any audience. The outcomes will always vary, but your expectations can be met every time, as long as you truly understand that not everyone will agree with you. If you can get them to listen, think and take away with them, just a little of what you planned for them to, you win. They win, and if it is good for all, we all win.

Luke 15:11-24

We expect our father and mother to love us always and unconditionally. When we (as children in this passage are referred) each have been promised something at a certain time, and one requests it early, takes it and leaves, our expectation may be unmet. Perhaps we did not consider all expectations and we were caught off guard, and this seems unfair. Or, perhaps we had a different resolve, or plan upon which an assumption was made that all had agreed. This by no means the parents would have any right to love the one whom has taken his inheritance early, any less or at all when they return, broken or not.

These passages can be used to strengthen us all to not forget we are meant to love, unconditionally, while building and living with a Resolve and expectation of any outcome.  

Author:

Raised on a 20 acre farm with all the animals in rural Indiana. I picked up rocks out of farm field before planting season, cooked in a pancake house for a couple years, worked in a factory, joined the Navy, back to the factory then College. I took for granted the simple natural (and unnatural) foods we grew that we raised, and the snacks and cereals we bought. I had a hard working mother I love, even now that she is gone, and a there but not there father. It went by so fast. I sincerely believe we can reintroduce the local farms that sustain and bring together communities. I am looking for sincere individuals to assist me with pursuing my passion to bring a business model to community, prove concept and make it work. Then reeducate the generations.

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