Expectations (hopes?), in themselves, have no power to make anything happen. Yet they almost always have a major impact on what actually does happen.
When you expect to succeed at something, your inner being kicks into action and your thoughts, your talents, your subconscious actions, and your inner motivators align in the direction of success. The opposite is true, too, of course. When you expect that you will fail, your psyche works to make that come about.
All of this isn’t exactly the same as the proverbial “self-fulfilling prophecy,” but it is in the same category. What you think will happen – what you believe will come to pass – very often does, be that for the good or ill.
Have great expectations in your life.