I dislike expectations. Especially high expectations. I don’t like having them, and I don’t like when other people have them.

When have high expectations led to anything good? Have high expectations of a movie? Of course you won’t like it as much. High expectations for a new love in your life? They’ll disappoint. Start to expect someone to do something? They’ll stop. The pressure of high expectations put on you by someone else just adds more weight for you to crumble beneath. It’s just never a good thing.

Now… low expectations are where the magic is at. Don’t expect much from someone or something, and you enable them to exceed your wildest dreams! I just can’t believe you went to all that trouble for me! I really expected this book to be horrible, but it really wasn’t too bad! When people expect very little of you, there’s no push to conform to or reach for their expectations. You’re freed! Free to experiment and have fun and do whatever your heart desires without fear of failure. When you start low, there’s just not far to fall.

The lesson? Set low expectations. Don’t expect much from others; empower yourself to do more and be pleasantly surprised when others exceed. Cultivate low expectations of yourself in others. Don’t brag and build yourself up. Downplay success and overplay failures. You’ll never look better than when people expect very little.

Hm. That doesn’t seem quite right. Too tongue in cheek? Too negative? Perhaps I’ve set too high of expectations on low expectations and too low of expectations on high expectations.

Uh oh.

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