15 November 2023

Setting realistic expectations: walking a tightrope & juggling pine cones?

The Christmas period can come with weighty loads of expectations - business milestones, family gatherings and personal goals to fulfill.

For business owners balancing these expectations, it can feel like walking a tightrope while you are juggling pine cones.

The pressure to balance personal and professional expectations can be overwhelming.

The myth of perfection.

It’s natural to strive for excellence, but expecting flawless execution in every aspect of life and work can lead to unnecessary stress. Acknowledge that it’s okay not to have everything perfectly aligned.

Embrace achievable goals.

Break down larger tasks into smaller, manageable chunks. Prioritise tasks based on urgency and impact. By creating a clear roadmap with achievable milestones, you not only reduce stress but also increase productivity and efficiency.

Transparent communication.

Whether it’s with your team or clients, family or friends,  transparent and open communication is key. Be honest about potential delays or limitations that might arise during this hectic time of year. Discuss realistic timelines and any adjustments needed to meet expectations.

Benefits or managing expectations.

By setting realistic expectations, you create a more transparent and predictable environment. This transparency reduces misunderstandings and prevents disappointment. It also allows your team and clients to plan effectively, accommodating any changes or delays without undue stress.

Cultivate flexibility.

Unexpected challenges may arise, and being rigid in your approach can intensify stress levels. Embrace adaptability and encourage your team to do the same. This mindset allows for smoother navigation through unforeseen hurdles, fostering resilience and creative problem-solving.

The essence of this season lies in joy, connection, and celebration. By managing expectations effectively, not only do you alleviate stress for yourself and your team, but you also create a healthier and more fulfilling environment, both personally and professionally.


Amanda Jones, Marketing Manager

Freedom = Experiences

Amanda returned home to family and friends in Tasmania after working in Sydney, NSW and New York, USA in marketing and media advertising roles. She loves to hike, watch the waves crash and connect with our community. 

Amanda describes her working ethos as “people first” and she loves exploring the significant impact the work at Collins SBA has on the lives of entrepreneurs, business owners, their families, and the wider community. 

Amanda has experience working across Healthcare, Technology, Management Consulting and Professional Services and is passionate about showcasing the stories and innovative ideas of the clients we support.