“I bet you a steak dinner.”
Those were the words I bet on a little over a week ago.
Right now it appears I’m going to owe a friend a steak dinner. One week ago we “shook” on a bet that the Red Sox would fold and the Rays would win the Wild Card spot in the American League.
The good news is the Red Sox have folded. They’ve taken the meaning of September Swoon to a whole new level, dropping three out of four to the Orioles.
The bad news is the Rays haven’t taken advantage of the situation, dropping three-straight to the Yankees. Instead of being 1/2 game back – they’re 2-1/2 behind right now.
Well, don’t pity me. I’m the one who placed the bet – and it ain’t over till it’s over.
And even if I lose the bet, my friend has cheap tastes. He could have chosen a place where I’d be out three hundred smackers. But he chose a cheap joint where the most expensive cow muscles are $75.
What’s worse, to get the price up to seventy-five, they have to throw in rice and a bunch of other food that should be unfit for humans to eat.
Not only that, but the cow he’ll be eating from is grain fed and pumped up with hormones instead of grass fed and hormone-free. So he’s a loser all the way around, any way you slice it.
Even if the Rays continue to sputter in the wake of the Red Sicks demise, I really can’t lose.
On the other hand, I will say that I played it too safe. This same guy said the Red Sicks would “sweep” the Orioles in Boston.
If I’d have taken that bet on a game-to-game basis – I’d be eating like a king three days this week – on him.
Do I still expect the Rays to win?
Sure, but I’m not the one taking the field. They are. And if they don’t EXPECT to win, they won’t.
In life, you don’t get what you hope for.
You could even say you don’t get what you want because “wanting” isn’t a strong enough desire.
What you EXPECT is much higher up the scale.
Let me ask: What do you EXPECT today?
Do you expect something good will happen to you?
Do you expect things to go your way?
Do you expect the seemingly bad to eventually turn out for your greater good?
If so, you’ll probably be thrilled with what you get.
Not surprised. Not amazed. Not incredulous.
And so, even if I lose the steak dinner bet, I can’t lose. Why? Because something good will come from it.
It always does. If you “look” for it – and expect it.
P.S. The audio for Expect to Win – Hate to Lose will be ready next week. And we’ll have our second printing very soon, too.