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2007: Issue 3

The Value of Anticipation

Finally, an 80% chance of having a winter wonderland. I, like many others, enjoy living in this part of our country because we actually have four seasons, each with its extremes of comforts and discomforts. So its winter, so we should have some snow….at least I would like a little, and finally it’s in the forecast. Phones start ringing in anticipation of the challenges a “wintry mix” presents: do we cancel, do we not; what to do, oh my!  Schools close without the first sign of sleet or the first snowflake falling, in anticipation of the roads getting bad and the buses not being able to travel safely.

This was the scene yesterday in the Roanoke Valley. The rest of the story is that nothing happened…a few snowflakes fell if you looked hard enough to see them but otherwise, just a cold, somewhat dreary day with business as usual. And lots of discussion around the decision to close school as the school leaders anticipated the trials and tribulations they would experience if the weather predicted with an 80% possibility materialized while the kids were in school.

In this case, one could say hindsight is 20:20, as clearly, there was no wintry mix to hit the valley. Yet was it the wrong decision? Or was it the right decision based on the information at hand, as the decision makers anticipated the outcomes.

Anticipation is an important aspect of every decision we make, yet we often overlook it, and thus, miss the value it brings to enhancing the quality of our decisions, and thus, the quality of our lives. To anticipate simply involves taking a decision one step further to the "what if” stage. In the busyness of our typical lives, we have a tendency to succumb to time pressures, get caught up in the analysis of the information or simply just stay on automatic pilot as we make decisions so we stop short of anticipating what the outcomes might be.

Every decision has a consequence; and thus, for every decision we can anticipate the effects of the decision on ourselves and others. Anticipating the outcomes or an effect(s) of a decision actually helps us face our fears, address our own anxieties and show consideration for others. Is anticipation always worth it? I will let you decide.

I have found in coaching my clients that exploring the “what ifs” of a decision is often where the “aha moments” happen. I have found the same to be true in parenting. I recently had one of my “transitional conversations” with my son, a senior in high school. During the conversation where much of what we were discussing evolved around the concept of anticipation or lack thereof, he realized that he was not being true to his own values, and thus, was creating a lot of angst and unrest in his (and our) lives. There and then I truly saw the value of anticipating

What benefits might you get if you integrated anticipation into your daily decision making?

What would you do differently if you began to anticipate the effects of your decisions on your life and body ten years from now?

What tolerations or problems are currently in your life that not be had you anticipated the impact of a decision?  


Founded in 2003 and based in Roanoke, Virginia, Extra Ordinary Living works with individuals, organizations and teams to identify possibilities, create opportunities, remove obstacles and through deliberate action, optimize results.

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– Joseph Campbell

Janet Crawford, MHA, MBA
Professional Certified Coach

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“Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight."
– Benjamin Franklin

"The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly."
– Buddha

"Science has not yet mastered prophecy. We predict too much for the next year and yet far too little for the next 10."
– Neil Armstrong


We are grateful to Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia for the new opportunity to coach several of their clients.