Consider the scenario where lately you haven’t been seeing any real growth in your language business and don’t expect there to be a significant change anytime soon. Not to mention that the current economic circumstances are unfavorable. Your business goals most likely include growth and prosperity, but clearly you are not expecting this. Small business failures are commonly caused by the deadly combination of business goals and business expectations. When the two are allowed to mingle, fears of failure can creep in, and the positive-feedback cycle of the self-fulfilling prophecy can make these fears come true. Even if your goals are outrageous, careful planning, combined with hope and baby steps, can help you get there. The odds in favor of your failure will only increase if you believe in them.