Others treat 'expect' in a cynical way, with quotes such as this from Sylvia Plath: "If you expect nothing from anybody, you're never disappointed."
If you lived every day believing that - you might as well stay in bed, because you're blocking yourself from receiving anything worthwhile.
If you have an underlying expectation of things going wrong, because that has been your experience up to now, you will continue to make those expectations come true.
There are many negative quotes like, "When you go in search of honey you must expect to be stung by bees." by Joseph Joubert. These words will set you up for a life of misery, where you're too afraid of reaching for your dreams, because trying means pain.
If thoughts such as these quotes have ever crossed your mind - make a point of catching them, and changing how you think.
When you start only expecting good things to come to you - your world will change.
Make a list of your dreams, and under each one write down your first thoughts of what you expect to happen. Every fear and doubt means you don't believe in your ability to make your dream come true.
Take a different colored pen, and underneath every dream with your honest thoughts, leave a clear line space and write in boldly: I expect the unexpected.
When you open yourself to an unknown future it can feel scary - but that's okay! Change that initial feeling to one of excitement, and you will begin to see opportunities that you missed before. You are releasing all the limits you placed on life - enjoy feeling free of them.
We can't be in control of how life unfolds, and when you let go you allow yourself to relax, which is the state where you can receive everything the Universe is waiting to deliver.
Make "I expect the unexpected" your first thought every day, and repeat it every time you feel negative about the future - and you will manifest miracles that you couldn't have imagined before.
"There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." ~ Einstein
"When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece." ~ John Ruskin
"We tend to get what we expect." ~ Norman Vincent Peale