You control what your future will be like. Your self-expectation is more important than anything else!
Don't be upset if a teacher, parent, or other persons says something like "Expect more of yourself," or "Don't put yourself down." Don't assume it was said to hurt you. It is not a put-down. Adults usually recognize that your self-expectations (your own view of what you THINK you can do or not do) have a very powerful effect on how successful in life you will be.
So if someone says something like that, assume they are trying to help you to be successful in life. They are! Listen carefully! Try to find the inner heart of the message they have for you. Ask them.
High self expectations lead to good things. Low or bad self expectations lead to bad things. THINK about the truth in what is written in this essay. Believe it. Accept it, Make it your own philosophy! Make it one of your Life-Rules!
Guaranteed! If you have low expectations for yourself, you will NOT work to reach higher levels of abilities.
That is how the human mind works. In fact, you will probably unconsciously prevent yourself from succeeding. You will give up at the slightest problem. The chances are you will succeed in failing. - - - THINK about it!
Guaranteed! If you have high expectations for yourself, you WILL automatically work towards meeting those expectations.
That is how the human mind works. If you have a positive attitude to succeed, then you will not give up. You will work, or even struggle, to find ways to reach your goals. The chances are you will succeed in succeeding. - - - THINK about it!