Do You Expect Success?

An Attitude of Expectancy

Michael Mints
5 min readJul 14, 2020


A Positive Mental Attitude attracts opportunities for success, while a Negative Mental Attitude repels opportunities and doesn’t even take advantage of them when they do come along. — Napoleon Hill

An attitude of expectancy is a mindset filled with hope for the future. The attitude you have while waiting for that future is incredibly important. Remember as a kid waiting for Christmas?

For weeks you were excited and filled with anticipation and expectations about all that Santa was going to bring. You had faith, complete trust, and confidence that something great and amazing was going to happen on Christmas Day! That’s what we’re talking about here.

You need something in your future that you’re excited about, drawing you forward. Something important enough to wake you up every day, excited about what life has in store. Something that’s going to move you towards your future.

My Own Christmas Story

The year was 1969. My mother was getting me and my 3 brothers ready for bed. Yes, 4 boys, 2 beds, same room. I told my mother as she reached down to kiss me good night, that I wanted a guitar for Christmas.

She looked a little surprised. I went on to explain to her that it was something I wanted more than anything I had ever wanted in my entire life. I even told her it could count for my birthday present for the next 2 years, and that I was willing to do extra chores as well.

I didn’t learn until much later in life, that at that time, there was no way my parents could afford a guitar. My dad was going to seminary to finish his master’s degree and was working a full-time job. It was all they could do to keep the bills paid and take care of 5 kids. (Yes, I have a sister too.)

As a kid, I was completely oblivious to my parent’s financial situation. I was busy dreaming about the guitar I was going to get for Christmas. It’s all I could think about. I had complete faith and trust that something amazing was going to happen for me on Christmas Day!

My mom will tell you that I was on my best behavior, anticipating that all I had to do was be good, and Santa was going to bring me a guitar.



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